The man found deceased on Sunday in the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision east of McCloud has been positively identified as Dennis Delmar Jewett of McCloud, according to Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey.
The Sheriff’s Office reported that Jewett, age 68, was reported missing by a neighbor three days earlier, on Dec. 12, 2018, and was last seen on Dec. 3.
His body was located by the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team on Sunday morning, Dec. 15, in the Mt. Shasta Forest, described as a rural community east of McCloud.
The Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release that his “home was unsecured and indicators at the scene made the possibility of a criminal assault, burglary, or theft at the home unlikely. Several containers filled with processed marijuana were located in the home, but there is no indication of a link between the drugs recovered and Mr. Jewett’s disappearance.”
A missing persons’ report was taken and “SAR assets were deployed in an effort to locate the missing man,” according to the release. “His vehicles were located at his residence and it appeared he likely ventured away from his home on foot.”
The Sheriff’s Office said his body was located by SAR team members in a wooded area near Hotlum Drive and Widow Springs in the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision.
The body was located, according to the release, “after a Human Remains Detection canine and handler conducted a search of the area. The canine and handler are from Nevada and proved very effective finding the decedent in rugged, remote terrain, under unfavorable weather conditions.”
Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey praised Search and Rescue personnel in the release, stating, “SCSO’s SAR team is an elite group of specially-trained volunteers who often search for missing persons under very adverse weather, terrain, and environmental conditions. The Human Remains Detection canine and handler proved extremely valuable to the search effort. SCSO SAR personnel are often assisted by SAR volunteers from a variety of counties and out-of-state specialists under existing intra and interstate mutual aid agreements. The SAR search effort was led by SAR Coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns. We are fortunate to have such motivated, selfless, and well-trained SCSO SAR team members and other volunteers from a variety of jurisdictions willing to search for missing persons under virtually any terrain, weather, or environmental conditions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the decedent, his family, and friends.”
Lopey said the case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.