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Coroner Asks Public for Help in Identifying Human Remains

Published On: Apr 11 2013 04:35:17 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Within the past year, three sets of bones have been found in Shasta County and after months of close examination, the Coroner's office is asking the public to help identify the individuals.

Lt. Janet Breshears with the Shasta County Coroner's Office said that although they have not been able to identify the individuals, they have been able to identify specific clothing and physical traits.

The most recent discovered bones were found near the ACID canal in March by correctional crews. Examiners believe the bones are those of a woman over 45 years of age and about 4'10" to 5'4" in height.

She was wearing a red halter dress, a tan trench coat and white Reebok tennis shoes.

Laying next to her was a beige jacket and found inside of the jacket were a pair of eye glasses.

She had an old lottery key chain that was traced back to New Jersey. Coins were found in her pocket, all of which were no older than 1999 and a sewing kit was found inside of a bag near her body.

The second most-recent human remains were found in February off Highway 299 near the Old Millhouse Deli. These are believed to have belonged to a man. Breshears said the man was over 50 years old and about 5'6" to 6'0" in height.

The man had severe trauma to his face and shoulder and a prosthetic in his right shoulder that was implanted locally back in 1999.

Last July, human bones were found in the Henderson open space area just south of the Cypress bridge.

Examiners said they believe the bones are those of a man probably between the ages of 35 and 55 years old and between 5'8" and 6'2" in height. Screws were found in his right hand from a prior fracture.

Investigators are asking anyone who may know the identity of these individuals to contact the Shasta County Coroner's Office at (530) 225-5551.