Authorities Unable To Identify Body Found In Burney Area Creek

The Shasta County Coroners Office is seeking help from the public in identifying a dead man found almost two months ago in the Burney area. On March 2nd the body was found in Burney Creek. Sheriff’s office personnel was unable to do a recover at first due to the position of the body and the high water flow. The body was recovered the following morning by deputies along with search and rescue team members and Burney Fire. Since then, the coroner’s office has been trying to figure out who he was. He appears to be Native American, between 40 and 50-years-old, about 5-foot-5 and 180 pounds with a medium build. He apparently had pins surgically implanted in both hips. His tattoos may be the best clues. He has the word “fishy” on his right forearm and “native pride” on his back, along with a dreamcatcher with a figure in the middle of it that looks like half cattle skull and half the face of a woman. The cause of death is still unknown pending toxicology results. Anyone who may know the man’s identity should call 225-5551.


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