The deceased individual found near the 1900 block of Westside Road in Yreka on July 17 was determined to have died from natural causes, according to the pathologist who conducted the autopsy for the Yreka Police Department. The identification and next of kin of the individual have yet to be determined.
Currently, the Yreka Police Department is investigating two homicides in which one of the victims was located in the same area as the previously mentioned deceased individual. On July 9, 2013, the body of 62-year-old Henry S. Cooper was located near the 1900 block of Westside Road in Yreka. Cooper’s death has been ruled a homicide.
On November 23, 2012, the body of Christopher Schafer was located at the 1000 block of Deer Creek Way, roughly three miles north of where the previously mentioned individuals were located. Schafer’s case, like Cooper’s, has also been ruled a homicide.
The Yreka Police Department has indicated there has been no evidence to suggest the two homicide cases are linked, but are “continuing to examine all the information and aspects of these cases”. The Department has been working in tandem with the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Justice, and the FBI.
The public has been asked to stay out of the Yreka Creek until further notice. The most recently discovered body is the third discovered in the area in the last eight months.
Anyone with information that may assist with the investigations is urged to contact Detective Nick Friden at (530) 841-2313, or the 24-hour line at (530) 841-2300.