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Siskiyou Sheriff Calls Suspicious Death a Homicide

The Siskiyou County Coroner's Office shared the results of the autopsy for the man found dead in a rural area on Thursday. The incident is now considered a homicide.

Posted: Feb 9, 2019 4:34 PM
Updated: Feb 11, 2019 9:27 AM

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. - Autopsy results from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office show the man found deceased at the bottom of an embankment northwest of Weed on Thursday was murdered.

The body was found at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Thursday near North Old Stage Road and Eddy Creek Road by a utility worker.

The man who was found dead has been identified as 31-year-old Hunter Sims. According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, Sims is a resident of Texas.

A vehicle that is linked to the victim has been found near the scene and is being examined by investigators.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit (MCU), The North State Major Investigation Team (NSMIT), and a local Siskiyou Unified Major Investigation Team (SUMIT) are working together to investigate the homicide. The California Department of Justice 's Bureau of Investigations-led drug task forces is also assisting the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office with their follow-up investigation.

Sheriff Jon Lopey said Saturday, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victim, his family and friends."

The sheriff would like anyone with information about this incident to call the 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.

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