Body recovered from the Klamath River in Siskiyou County

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone spotted the body floating near the Independence Creek Bridge.

Posted: Apr 21, 2020 12:11 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2020 12:15 PM

HAPPY CAMP, Calif. — The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office is investigating after someone discovered a body floating in the Klamath River near Happy Camp on Monday night.

A deputy responded to the area after receiving a report about the body just after 6:30 p.m. After arriving near the Independence Creek Bridge over the Klamath River about 14 miles southwest of Happy Camp, the deputy spotted the body floating in the river near the bridge.

Officers from both the Sheriff's Office and Karuk Tribal Security arrived to help, with the latter bringing in a boat used for river rescue. They were able to pull the body from the river while detectives from the SCSO Major Crimes Unit responded to begin an investigation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the body has not been identified. The Sheriff's Office said that the death is "considered suspicious, involving unknown circumstances."

"Such death investigations are routinely handled as homicides until otherwise determined by detectives to involve another manner of death," the Sheriff's Office said.

The agency says that an autopsy has been tentatively scheduled for this week in Yreka, hopefully providing investigators with insight into the cause and manner of death.

“The recovery of the decedent was a great example of excellent teamwork between SCSO and the Karuk Tribe officials, whose security officer quickly responded to the incident and ensured the body was recovered, which allowed SCSO investigators the opportunity to initiate an investigation into the decedent’s death," Sheriff Jon Lopey said. "The Klamath River is a difficult waterway to navigate and the rapid recovery precluded what could have been a long-term search operation, especially had the recovery not been completed prior to total darkness."

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