EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — Officials have identified a jawbone found at the mouth of the Klamath River as that of a teenage boy who disappeared in 2011 after fleeing a stolen vehicle.
The Eureka Times-Standard says the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office identified the bone as belonging to 15-year-old Cody Conoboy.
In January 2011, in what police said was a stolen car, Conoboy and three other juveniles led authorities on a chase on State Route 96.
The boys fled the vehicle after it overturned several times, and Conoboy was never found.
“He was a very hard worker, and was encouraged by many people in the community,” Lynne Conoboy told the Times-Standard. “He was an incredible young man who made a poor choice of getting into a car that was stolen one night that he didn't know was stolen.”
Investigators later found footprints and determined he had jumped from a bridge overlooking the Trinity River.
Conoboy was presumed dead after one of his shoes was found 6 miles away from the accident site.