Update: Sat., Sept., 14, 2013 - Human remains identified as those of missing Anna Maria Rodriquez
The human remains found on Mon., Sept.9 at a campsite believed to be used by missing Anna Maria Rodriquez have been positively identified as those of the missing woman, according to a story in the Times Standard on-line. See the update below for information about locating the remains. The positive identification was made using dental records, and according to Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris the actual cause of death is still unknown, although no evidence of foul play has been identified.
Update: Tues., Sept. 10, 2013 - Suspected human bones found at campsite occupied by missing Anna Maria Rodriquez
Humboldt County Sheriff's Office investigators found bones, believed to be human remains, in a campsite that contained documents indicating the site was previously occupied by Anna Maria Rodriquez . Last month Rodriquez' brother reported her as missing in the Slate Creek area, near Orleans, California. The original post on this incident appears below. The remains were turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner's Office for possible identification and determination of a cause of death. The HCSO press release on this update appears directly below.
HCSO press release, dated Tuesday, September 10, 2013:
On Monday September 9, 2013, Detective Fulton returned to the Slate Creek Area to continue the search for missing person Anna Rodriquez. Detective Fulton and other members of the Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Office had searched an area of Slate Creek last week, after it was reported to Fulton that possible human remains had been located. That search effort resulted in locating what they believed could have been a campsite of Rodriquez but not locating suspected human remains.
This Monday, Fulton was lead back to the campsite by the persons who originally reported finding the remains. Detective Fulton did locate multiple bones, believed to be human. The area these remains were found was within a disheveled camp site. There were also other documents located that leads investigators to believe this was a camp once occupied by Rodriquez. The remains were collected and have been turned over to the Humboldt County Coroner for possible identification and determination of a cause of death.
A search of the campsite and immediate area of the campsite did not offer any evidence as a cause of death for the individual whose remains were found. There was also nothing located to suspect foul play as a result of the death, but has not been ruled out. The investigation will continue to determine what had transpired that resulted in the death of this individual. Anyone with any information about Rodriquez, is asked to call Detective Todd Fulton at (707) 268-3646
The original post on this story appears below.
Anna Maria Rodriquez (see photo above) was last seen by her brother when he dropped her off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek, near Orleans, California, according to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The brother told the investigatigating deputy that his sister had camped in this area on previous occasions and intended to stay for about 75 days this time. Her brother became concerned when Anna Maria was not there to be picked up at their agreed upon rendezvous time and place. After checking the trailhead daily for five days, Anna Maria's brother reported her missing to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.
Anna Maria Rodriquez is described as: 5'-5â€ť tall, 180 lbs., brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown colored shirt. Anyone with information for the Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffâ€™s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffâ€™s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. The full press release appears below.
Press Release from HCSO, dated 08-15-2013:
On 08-14-2013, approximately 10:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffâ€™s Office received a call from a citizen who reported his sister as an overdue hiker. The citizen told the investigating deputy he dropped his sister Anna Maria Rodriquez off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek, Orleans. He said his sister told him she intended to hike for about 75 days. He agreed to meet her back at the drop off area on 08-09-2013 and she failed to show up. He re-checked the trailhead daily until 08-14-2013.
He said she brought food, a tent, clothes, backpack and numerous other items with her. She told him she planned to camp in the area about ten miles north- northeast of the drop off. He told the deputy she has done this before. This was her second or third time which is why he was not concerned about her returning to the area, however this was the longest time she had been camping out in that area. She has a cell phone but it is currently turned off either due to a dead battery or voluntarily.
A California Highway Patrol plane flew the area on 08-14-2013 and a team of deputies are currently hiking the trails in the area assisted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
Anna Maria Rodriquez is described as follows: 5-5â€ť tall, 180 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes last seen wearing blue jeans and an unknown colored shirt. She has no permanent place of residence.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffâ€™s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Another photo of Anna Maria Rodriquez