Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Sheriff’s investigators said it was too early to release any details about an unidentified male found dead in the mouth of the Klamath River Friday afternoon.

Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven said a citizen first saw the victim in the river and Del Norte County Search and Rescue was assisting in the recovery.

At almost the peak of high tide at about 2:15 p.m., search and rescue personnel had yet to retrieve the body from the water.

Steven said once the body is recovered, an examination will take place to determine identity and cause of death.

“At this point, we don’t have a clue as to the how or why,” he said.

Steven said the discovery didn’t coincide with any recent local missing person reports.

By 7:15 p.m., Steven confirmed that personnel were able to recover the body of an adult male from the river.

“We’ll still have to wait on the X-rays and the autopsy,” he said. “We don’t have an ID yet, but we do have a couple leads we’re following up on now.”

State Parks’ personnel also assisted with the recovery and investigation.

Second unsolved

The discovery is the second since Dec. 29 when a man was found dead on the beach at Smith River. He was identified as Steve Myers, 56, who was reported to have been living in a tent and his car in the area. Steven said in early January that detectives are investigating the case as a homicide.

Anyone with information about either case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 707-464-4191.