Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Sheriff’s officials in Siskiyou County reported the unfortunate news that a Crescent City man missing since Oct. 1 was found deceased in the mountains by searchers Friday. Jason Cantrall, 46, was reported missing while hunting in the rugged areas near Forest Service Road 47N44. His truck containing some belongings were found a short time later.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jeremiah LaRue was just returning from the search Friday at about 6:30 p.m. He said there was nothing about the discovery that would indicate foul play and that Cantrall’s body showed signs of exposure.

“We’ll know more once an autopsy is done,” he said.

Searchers, canines and personnel from many Northern California agencies assisted in the effort to find him over a few days. Aircraft from the California Army National Guard and California Highway Patrol were also sent to the area.

Cantrall had been missing since Sunday Sept 30 from an area near the Klamath River about 39 miles northwest of Eureka. LaRue said Cantrall’s next of kin had been notified following the discovery.

“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) and all search and rescue personnel from the involved federal, state, and local agencies, I would like to offer my sincere condolences, thoughts, and prayers to Mr. Cantrall, his family, friends, and associates in the aftermath of his tragic death,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey. “Our search and rescue personnel, volunteers, and representatives from numerous jurisdictions worked very hard to rescue Mr. Cantrall. It always a sad and heartbreaking end when those we search for perish prior to rescue.”

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