Search and Rescue recovers body of deceased man on Mt. Shasta

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday that a male adult whose body was recovered from Mt. Shasta Saturday matched the description of a hiker who was reported missing the day before.

According to a Sheriff’s Office news release, one of its deputies located the missing man’s vehicle, which was unoccupied and secure, at Bunny Flat on Sept. 2. A CHP helicopter that was requested to conduct an aerial search reported finding a possible body in a ravine near the 8,788 foot elevation on Mt. Shasta about 2:52 p.m. that day.

USFS Rescue Climbers recovered the body. The deceased male adult, according to the Sheriff’s Office release, “may have fallen from a higher elevation based on the condition of the body and the man had been deceased for a time prior to his recovery.”

The missing person’s report about Dwayne E. Hensley, 35, of Cocoa, Florida, was received from a relative who said her last communication with him, via text message, was while he was climbing Mt. Shasta on Aug. 22, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A missing person’s case was taken and the search conducted by the SCSO’s Search and Rescue Coordinator and United States Forest Service personnel.

“This death investigation is still underway,” states Sheriff Jon Lopey in the release. “There is no evidence of foul play but a cause and manner of death will not be determined until an autopsy is conducted this week. On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim, his family, friends, and associates in the aftermath of this tragedy. I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize the diligent efforts of SCSO, USFS, and CHP responders whose efforts led to the successful recovery of the victim in this case without mishap. It should be added that climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta can be unpredictable and hikers should be well equipped, knowledgeable about local conditions, and climbers should not traverse the mountain alone. A wealth of information can be obtained from the local USFS office and the USFS Shasta-Trinity Forest website. Additionally, there are local mountain guides and other experts available for local and out-of-county climbers interested in learning more about outdoor hiking and mountain climbing activities on Mt. Shasta and other sites in the county. A positive identification of the victim in this case should be confirmed within the next two to three days by SCSO investigators. Anyone with any information about the missing person’s case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”