Man found dead in Klamath River April 20 still unidentified

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a man found floating in the Klamath River Monday evening, April 20 near Independence Creek Bridge, west of Happy Camp.

Sheriff Jon Lopey said someone reported seeing the body around 6:30 p.m. and a Karuk tribe security officer with a boat helped pull the body from the river.

The man’s identity hasn't been established as of Monday afternoon, nor has a cause of death. Lopey said it's routine to consider such deaths “suspicious” until more information emerges.

The death is routinely being classified as a homicide for now, but Lopey said results of an autopsy were inconclusive because the body was in a state of decomposition. It appeared that the person had been in the river for quite some time.

Once the decedent’s identity has been confirmed, the next of kin will be notified and the name will be released to the public, Lopey said.

He called the effort to recover the body “a great example of excellent teamwork” and added that the Klamath River is a difficult waterway to navigate. The fact that the body was recovered quickly and before total darkness fell prevented what could have been a long search operation.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the county’s 24-hour dispatch line at (530) 841-2900.