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Officials investigating suspicious death in Siskiyou County

UPDATE: The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office said they have identified the man whose body was found.

Posted: Dec 26, 2019 7:08 PM
Updated: Jan 1, 2020 7:57 PM

UPDATE: Tuesday, 11:27 p.m., Dec. 31, 2019 - The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has identified the man whose body was found as 50-year-old David Rivas of Pasadena.

According to the sheriff's office, the investigation revealed Rivas sustained head injuries and there is reason to believe he was a passenger on a southbound train prior to his death.

Officials say they also learned Rivas last spoke with his family while on his trip home from North Dakota by train.

While they are waiting for toxicology results before confirming a cause and manner of death, officials say the initial autopsy and evidence does not point to a felonious assault.

Detectives are continuing to work with railroad officials and family members to learn more information about Rivas' trip.

Sheriff Jon Lopey shared his condolences and asked, still, for anyone with information to come forward and call (530) 841-2900.


SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspicious death after they say a body was found on Dec. 26 lying near railroad tracks.

Officials say around 9 a.m. they received a call about a possible body lying near the railroad tracks, east of the Andesite Railroad Crossing.

When they arrived, officials say they found a man lying on his back near tracks. This is when the office's Major Crimes Unit was called in.

A train initially stopped near the body and a Union Pacific Police Officer later responded to the location.

An investigation was conducted and the Major Crimes Unit, Sheriff's office and Union Pacific officials are all working to investigate further.

The man's address is outside of the county, though officials say they do not believe there to be an immediate threat to county residents.

Officials say the death is being handled as suspicious and an autopsy will be scheduled within the next few days to help investigators determine the cause and manner of death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Siskiyou County Sheriff Office at 530-841-2900.

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