Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Body Found On Murder Mountain Identified

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

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A body found buried near Jewitt Ranch Road in late November has been identified as Garret Rodriguez, a San Diego man who was reported missing in April.

Rodriguez told his father  he  was coming to Humboldt County to work on a marijuana farm in the SoHum area known as "Murder Mountain." The identification confirms rumors that have been swirling around since his disappearance. The Lost Coast Outpost's Kym Kemp has written about a private investigator's search for Rodriguez, and the investigation picked up steam with a bizarre series of events around Thanksgiving Day. The FBI has joined the Sheriff's Office in the investigation.

From the Sheriff's Office:

The Humboldt County Coroner has identified the human remains located in a gravesite off of Jewitt Ranch Road, Harris area of Humboldt County as that of missing person Garret Rodriguez, 29 years old from San Diego, California. Rodriguez was reported missing by his father to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on 04-25-2013. His father told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana. Garret told his father the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain.”

A Forensic Pathologist has also confirmed that Rodriguez is the victim of a homicide. Anyone with information about this case is requested to contact lead Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner at Ph. 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation ( F.B.I.) is assisting the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.

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