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Human Skeletal Remains Discovered in Water Shed Area of Fairfax, CA - Identity Pending

The decedent’s identity remains pending.

On Sunday February 14, 2021, unidentified human skeletal remains were located by a person hiking in the area near mile marker 6.81 of Fairfax -Bolinas Road, Fairfax in the water shed district area near the Alpine Dam within a creek bed.  A Marin County Deputy Sheriff and Coroner Investigator were summoned to the location, completed a scene investigation and collected the skeletal remains, which were then transported to the Coroner Division laboratory for additional examination and investigation.  After initial evaluation and a review of indicia also located at the scene, the origin and identity of the skeletonized remains is unknown in origin. The Coroner Division staff will be working collaboratively with many external specialists including forensic anthropology experts from the California State University – Chico Human Identification Lab; forensic odontologists; State of California Department of Justice Missing and Unidentified  Persons Section;  and the State of California Department of Justice Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory to develop a DNA profile to be submitted into the National DNA Index System (NDIS) as part of the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).  Upon receipt and review of the aforementioned extensive evaluations and testing process results, it is the hope of the Coroner Division personnel the subject may be positively identified and reunited with their next of kin.

The decedent’s identity remains pending.

A forensic post mortem examination has been schedule for later this week.  The cause and manner of death will be pending the conclusion of the investigations being completed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office - Coroner Division.  No further information will be released by the Coroner Division at this time, as this is an active and ongoing investigation.  Any further questions regarding the incident should be directed to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office.


Roger G. Fielding

Chief Deputy Coroner