Human remains in Humboldt County belong to missing San Diego man

Dec 17, 2013 4:33 PM

By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social Media Producer

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the human remains found in the Harris, Calif., area on November 30, 2013 as those belonging to Garret Rodriguez, a San Diego man who was reported missing by his father in April of this year.

On April 25, 2013, Rodriguez’s father filed a missing person’s report with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office for his 29-year-old son after he failed to contact him after a couple weeks. Rodriguez’s father lives out of the country, but told sheriff deputies it was rare for his son not to contact him on a regular basis.

According to the sheriff’s office, Rodriguez’s father told investigators his son had come to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana. Rodriguez grew up in Ocean Beach near San Diego before moving to Humboldt County, according to Detective Jennifer Turner, the lead investigator for the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Garret reportedly told his father the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain,” an area commonly known as Rancho Sequoia and is notorious for both its legal and illegal marijuana grows.

Seven months and five days after Rodriguez was reported missing, a citizen reported a possible human gravesite off Jewitt Ranch Road in the Harris area of Humboldt County. Responding deputies found the reported area and dug up human remains. A forensic pathologist identified those remains as belonging to Rodriguez and confirmed the cause of death was homicide. Detective Turner was not able to release the cause of death at this time, but did state the department was following up on several leads. Currently, they have no suspects.

The FBI is assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact Detective Jennifer Turner with the sheriff’s office at (707) 268-3642 or the crime tip line at (707) 268-2539.


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