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Jacob Mannies, 24, of Greenville, died sometime Monday, Sept. 30, after his truck went over an embankment on a Forest Service road north of Caribou Dam.
Mannies, who was the only person in the 2006 Ford F150, was ejected from the truck after it left the road and rolled down a steep ravine.
Mannies was camping and hunting in the area with his father and two friends when the accident happened.
He reportedly left the camp to get firewood while has father and a friend were hunting. That was the last time he was seen until his body was discovered the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 2.
According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, Mannies called his wife Sept. 30 to say that he was spending the night at the campsite.
When his father and a friend returned to the camp after hunting Sept. 30, the campsite was empty and they reportedly assumed that Mannies had gone home.
When his wife called the sheriff’s office to report him missing Oct. 2, dispatchers traced cellphone pings to the area near the campsite.
Crews from the U.S. Forest Service, search and rescue and the California Highway Patrol responded to the area.
Mannies’ friends, who worked with him for Wilburn Construction and had been with him at the campsite, also went back to the area. They discovered the accident scene at mile marker 8.5 near the Caribou powerhouse.
“He went over a very steep cliff,” sheriff’s detective Mike Smith said.
According to the CHP report, the accident happened at an unknown time.
The report stated Mannies was traveling southbound on USFS road 27N25 at an unknown speed. The truck reportedly left the roadway and went down the embankment eastbound.
Mannies was ejected after the truck rolled over and struck a tree about 100 feet from the road. The truck came to rest on its wheels about 80 feet farther down the ravine.
The incident is still under investigation.
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