"High Likelihood" Remains Found in Vehicle Belong to Missing Meadow Valley Man

Jun 5, 2013 11:59 AM

After confirming next of kin had been notified, Sargent Steve Peay with the Plumas County Sheriff’s Department has told Action News this morning there is a “high Likelihood” the remains found in an overturned vehicle off Highway 70 near Deadwood yesterday belong to 69-year-old Cliff Wade, a Meadow Valley man reported missing early last month.

Yesterday, CHP officers responded to a report of a collision on Highway 70 about four miles east of Paradise. The accident was not serious, but personnel on the scene discovered tracks leading down the embankment into the forest. Upon further investigation, CHP located an off-white 1969 Mercury Cougar with human remains inside. Wade was last seen by his wife at his residence in Meadow Valley on May 1 between 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. Wade drove an off-white 1969 Mercury Cougar with a California license plate which was also reported missing from the residence. CHP ran the license plate of the discovered vehicle, which matched the plates of the Mercury Cougar Wade was driving the day he went missing.

Sgt. Peay told Action news Wade had a doctor’s appointment in Chico on May 1, and was en route from Quincy and was not seen since. Peay described the area the car was found in as “a very steep embankment with trees which didn’t allow high visibility from the road.” Peay also indicated speed may have been a factor, but CHP is still investigating the cause of the accident.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Coroner’s office is still working to confirm the human remains found in the car belong to Wade, results are expected within the next couple of days.


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