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Update - Tues., Dec. 17, 2013: According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the Humboldt County Coroner has confirmed that the body found in a shallow grave off of Jewitt Ranch Road, in the Harris area of Humboldt County, is that of missing person Garret Rodriguez, 29 years old from San Diego, California. KMUD News offers condolences to the friends and family of Garrett Rodriguez. On April 25, 2013 Garret Rodriguez was reported missing by his father who told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch that was growing medical marijuana. Anyone with information about this case is requested to contact lead Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective Jennifer Turner at: 707-268-3642 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at: 707-268-2539. The press releases, updates, and original posts on this incident appear below.

Use the player below to hear more on this story in an update submitted by Eileen Russell and aired by KMUD News Director Terri Klemetson on the Local News on Tues., Dec. 17, 2013.

 

 

 

 

The audio below includes an extensive interview with Jennifer Turner, lead HCSO detective on this case.

HCSO Press Release, dated 12-13-13:
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.
    
Gravesite Report HCSO Press Release:
On 11-30-2013, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who wanted to report a possible human gravesite. The citizen told deputies where to search for the possible grave.  On 12-01-2013, approximately 7:00 a. m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives went to the location described by the citizen which was off Jewitt Ranch Road, the Harris area of Humboldt County. Detectives located a possible gravesite which they dug up and located human remains. The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was summoned to the scene. The identity of the deceased is unknown at this time, along with the cause of death, age and sex.  Detectives are treating the deceased as a homicide at this time.

View other updates and the original post on this story below.


 Update Tues., June 25, 2013-Family of missing person, Garrett Rodriguez, hires private investigator.

The family of Garrett Rodriguez who has been missing for well over half a year has hired Cook & Associates, a local private investigation company, to find their missing loved one. Rodriquez (pictured above) is from Ocean Beach, Calif. and according to his family went missing after coming to Humboldt County to work in the marijuana industry in the Rancho Sequoia-Alderpoint area. The player directly below contains the latest audio update on this story.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Garrett Rodriguez is asked to call Chris Cook with Cook & Associates at 707-839-7422 and/or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251, or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539. See photo below for Rodriquez without a beard.

This update, submitted and aired by KMUD News Correspondent Eileen Russell, includes interviews with the missing man's mother and aunt and the owner of the private investigator company hired by the family. The piece aired on KMUD Local News Tues., June 25, 2013.

The original post on this story appears below.


 

The father of 29 year-old Garret Rodriguez (Garret is shown in the photo above), recently notified the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office that he has not heard from his son for over six months. Garret had informed his father that he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana, and that the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain." According to a KMUD interview with Garret's father he believes that "Murder Mountain" is in the Alderpoint area. Anyone with information relating to this missing person, Garret Rodriguez, is asked to contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line 707-268-2539.

Click here for another reference to "Murder Mountain".

Read the full press release below:

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing person. On 04-25-2013 a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy spoke on the telephone with the father of Garret Rodriguez who reported him as a missing person. His father told the investigating deputy that Garret told him he was coming to Humboldt County to work on a ranch growing medical marijuana. He told his father the ranch was located in an area known as “Murder Mountain”. The father has not heard from his son for over six months which is highly unusual. The father contacted all of Garret’s friends and they have not heard from Garret either.

Garret Rodriguez is described as follows: 29 year old white male, 5’8” tall, 180 lbs, brown hair, green eyes.

He is driving a 1998 Dodge Ram Pickup Truck, California plate 7P63498.



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