Deceased man found in Happy Camp area identified

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey said no evidence of foul play was apparent in the death of a 30 year old man from Cave Junction, Ore., whose body was found April 26 near a rural hillside trail in the Happy Camp area.

The Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Coroner identified the deceased man as Adam Michael Abbey, according to a news release.

Determination of the cause and manner of death is pending the outcome of the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit investigation and an autopsy scheduled for May 2, according to the release.

Sheriff Lopey states in the release that the case is still under investigation and anyone with information about Mr. Abbey’s activities in the days and weeks prior to the recovery of his body is urged to call the Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.

Abbey was discovered on a trail by nearby residents while they reportedly were in the area checking a water line, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The trail was located in the vicinity of East Fork Road (USFS Road 18N13) in the area of nearby Indian Creek Road (6800 block) in the Happy Camp area.

Both Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol units located the deceased man, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s Office also reported that its detectives are working with the CHP and Grants Pass police to determine if a stolen vehicle that was recovered in a nearby area earlier in the month is linked to the deceased man.

The CHP recovered the abandoned stolen vehicle April 11 on East Fork Road, and it was determined to be stolen out of Grants Pass, Ore. When the investigating CHP officer previously observed the vehicle being operated on a nearby roadway it was occupied by at least two persons, according to the Sheriff’s Office.