Sheriff's Office reports possible recovery of missing Yreka area man

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

A man found deceased in the Sacramento River in the Red Bluff area matched the description of a missing man Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue deputies and investigators have been searching for since Jan. 19, according to a SCSO news release.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office contacted Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office detectives Jan. 26 to inform them they recovered the body.

SCSO, according to the release, received a report Jan. 19 that 79 year old Trygve “Karl” Larson of the Yreka area had not been seen by relatives since Sunday afternoon, Jan. 15. Later reports indicated he was last seen in the Yreka area on Monday, Jan. 16.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that Mr. Larson was considered “endangered,” based on information received from family members and associates.

“Our departmental SAR team, deputies, detectives, allied-agencies, family members, and others worked diligently for several days to locate Mr. Larson, often in rugged terrain and during inclement weather,” Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey states in the release. “Although it cannot be confirmed at this time that the body found is that of Mr. Larson, we will know next week for certain if that is the case. At this time, the evidence appears to point in that direction, but we will maintain hope until we find out for sure.”

The body found by Tehama County Sheriff’s Office not only matched the description of Mr. Larson, but there were some indicators found at the scene that led investigators to believe the body was the missing man, according to the SCSO release.

An autopsy was pending to determine the cause and manner of death. According to Tehama County Sheriff’s Office, there was no sign of foul play or criminal assault.

“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Larson’s family and friends whose vigilance and support during this ordeal helped to sustain all law enforcement team members involved in the exhaustive search effort,” Sheriff Lopey states in the release.

Anyone who has seen Mr. Larson or knows anything about his recent activities is asked to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.