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Update: Body Found in Stony Creek Identified

Published On: Apr 15 2013 11:59:45 AM CDT
Glenn Body photo

Stony Creek, west of Hamilton City


The Glenn County Sheriff's Office has identified the human remains found in Stony Creek on Friday evening as Michael Castillo Perea, 37, of Willows.

Perea's body was found when three teenagers had gone swimming in Stony Creek, west of Hamilton City around 6 p.m. Friday.

Drawn to a stench near the edge of the creek the teens came upon a human body.  The three reported it to the Hamilton City Fire Department, who called the Sheriff’s Office. 

In a shallow area of still water on the north bank, were the badly decomposing remains, of what appeared to that of an adult male.

Due to darkness, the scene was guarded through out the night by members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team.

Investigators returned Saturday morning to process the scene for evidence.  The body was removed around 9:30 a.m. 

Pending an autopsy later this week, there is no known cause of death. 

The death is highly suspicious and a body dump has yet to be ruled out. 

It is also not known how long the body had been in the water. Perea's family told the sheriff's office that they had last seen him around the 30th or 31st of March.

Anyone with information regarding Perea's death should contact the secret witness line at 934-6627.