MCCLOUD, Calif. — Update as of 3:39 p.m.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff's office (SCSO) has confirmed the body of the deceased man found Monday is Jewett.
“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to Mr. Jewett, his family, and friends. An autopsy is scheduled this week to help investigators determine the cause and manner of death in this case. I would again like to commend the involved deputies, SCSO SAR volunteers, and the Human Remains Detection canine and handler for working diligently, under difficult conditions, to locate Mr. Jewett. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900,” Lopey said.
The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) reported on Monday that the body of a man was found over the weekend that might be the remains of Dennis Jewett who had been reported missing four days earlier.
On Sunday around 10:05 a.m. the SCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) Team found a deceased man in the area of the Shasta Forest Subdivision.
According to SCSO, the body is quite possibly Jewett who was last seen on December 3 and believed to have gone missing one to three days after that date.
Jewett's home was not locked or secured and an on-scene investigation made the possibility of assault or burglary at the home unlikely.
According to SCSO, several containers of processed marijuana were found in Jewett's home but they do not believe this is related to his disappearance and possible death.
The body was located in a forest area near Hotlum Drive and Willow Springs in the Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision. Signs of decomposition and animal intrusion were clear to SCSO.
“Although the body found on Sunday may be the remains of Mr. Jewett, this determination cannot be positively made at this time until the decedent is positively identified and the next-of-kin is notified," said Siskyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the decedent, his family, and friends."
This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.