Sam Cushman’s truck, remains found

  This article was originally ttitled Missing Person: Sam Cushman

KMUD News reported on 10/29/2009 that Mr. Cushman's pickup truck and his remains have been found.

Here's an article in the October 30, 2009 edition of the Eureka Times-Standard:

Human remains found in Trinity County last week were identified as a missing Garberville man on Wednesday and his death appears to be a suicide.

Sam Dunlea Cushman, 36, was reported missing May 3 and was classified as "at risk," according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. The Trinity County Sheriff's Office determined that Cushman died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound. He was identified through his dental records.

A citizen hunting on private property reported finding a 1998 green camouflage Toyota Tacoma truck approximately two miles south of Island Mountain in Trinity County on Oct. 24. The truck belonged to Cushman, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Cushman dropped off his child at his former girlfriend's home on April 28 and then disappeared. After he did not return phone calls and e-mails, his former girlfriend notified police.

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Humboldt County Sheriff's Office

826 Fourth Street, Eureka, CA 95501



Date: May 08, 2009 From: Brenda Godsey, PIO

(707) 268-3645

Subject: Missing Person Case: 200902894


Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Garberville man who has been missing after unexpectedly dropping off his child at his ex-girlfriend's house and disappearing. On May 3, 2009. Sam Dunlea Cushman's ex-girlfriend reported that she had not seen nor heard from Sam since he dropped off their child on April 28. The woman added that Sam had not returned her phone calls or e-mails and that was unusual for Sam. She said on April 29 she had received a telephone call from a friend of Sam's who told her he had seen Sam that day. He told her Sam had been acting strangely and he was concerned about Sam. That was last time Sam has been seen.



Sheriff's Deputies checked Mr. Cushman's house and found many of his personal items still at the house. Further investigation revealed that Mr. Cushman may be struggling with some personal problems and he has a history of drug use and depression. Mr. Cushman is considered an "at-risk" missing person.


Mr. Cushman drives a 1998 green camouflage Toyota Tacoma, California license plate 8S71716. Mr. Cushman is known to travel to Mendocino County via Bell Springs Road. He is 36 years old, 6 feet tall, and 145 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes. He has several tattoos including a lion's head on is back. Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of Sam Cushman should call the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office at (707) 445-7251.







MISSING: Sam Cushman


  1. Axel dunlea cushman on July 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    R u sure it was suscide seems like it was a murder

    • KMUD PSA on August 2, 2022 at 3:25 pm

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