May 12, 2021 – On Friday, May 7, a 48-year-old male was reported missing to the Grass Valley Police Department. An investigation was initiated in an attempt to locate the person. Over the ensuing days, investigators learned that the missing person had recently been homeless and had been living in a camp somewhere in the Loma Rica Ranch area on the outskirts of Grass Valley.
Investigators searched the large rural area multiple times and exhausted all leads but were not able to locate the individual. A more expansive search with the assistance of the Nevada County Search-and-Rescue team and their specially trained K9’s was coordinated.
On Wednesday morning, around 8:30 am, the team located the body of a deceased male in a heavily wooded area off of Brunswick Road. Efforts to confirm the identity of the male are underway.
At this time, Grass Valley Police Detectives are investigating this as a “suspicious death” as the cause of death is not obvious or apparent. The Nevada County Coroner will conduct the death investigation in an attempt to determine the cause.