Firefighters find burned body, stabbing victim at Bucks Lake

Aug 23, 2015 2:40 PM by Cecile Juliette

When firefighters with the Bucks Lake Fire Department in Plumas County responded to a small blaze on the edge of a hillside, they likely never expected to find a crime scene. But that's exactly what they stumbled upon. According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, they raced to the fire around 4:00am Saturday at shore's edge, adjacent to the Mill Creek Campground, on the northwest side of the lake. They spotted a man with at least one injury to his neck, which appeared to be a stab wound. He was not burned, though he was close to the fire. Once the flames were extinguished, firefighters found a body, unrecognizable due to the severity of the burns. Now, more than 24 hours after the incident, the victim still has not been identified. Investigators still don't know the gender or age of the victim. Sheriff Hagwood says the body will be turned over to the Washoe County Coroner in Nevada for autopsy, and will likely be identified through dental records or DNA. Meanwhile, the surviving victim has been flown to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, where he is being interviewed. He is expected to survive, but has not been publicly identified by authorities. They will only say he is 23-years-old, and from the San Francisco Bay Area.

According to Sheriff Hagwood, a car was found nearby at a day use parking lot, which is associated with the victims. Hagwood does not believe there is any danger to the public, and says he expects there will be a resolution to this case, as the investigation likely only involves the two people found near the campsite. He says a situation like this is 'all hands on deck,' for the local law enforcement community, working with the Department of Justice, the Plumas County District Attorney's Office, and Cal Fire investigators. He says they are all working around-the-clock to make an arrest.


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