PREVIOUSLY: Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help Identifying Man Found Drowned in the Trinity River Yesterday

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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 


The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has identified the body found in the Trinity River last year in Hoopa.

On Sept. 11, 2017, at about 3:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies responded to the Trinity River Bar, near the Hoopa Wildland Fire Department, for the report of a body found in the river. The decedent did not match any known missing persons in the Trinity Valley.

The Coroner’s Office has positively identified the body through DNA comparison as 53-year-old Russell Dean Graeber of Hoopa. Graeber’s cause of death has been determined as freshwater drowning.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445- 7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268- 2539.