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Plumas County Sheriff’s personnel place a body on a gurney Friday afternoon in Portola. Photo by Laura Beaton
The Plumas County sheriff said a body found in Portola Friday afternoon is likely that of Michael Mowrey, a Portola man who has been missing since New Year’s Day.
Sheriff Greg Hagwood said a Plumas County search and rescue team discovered the body at 1 p.m. next to a rock pile near the railroad yard in Portola.
The sheriff said the body still needs to be positively identified. He said there was no indication of foul play, but added the cause of death could not be determined until an autopsy was performed.
Cadaver dogs led search and rescue personnel to the body, which was reportedly located between the railroad tracks and the river, about 300 yards west of Gulling Street.
Hagwood said “it appears the body has been at that location deceased for some period of time.”
The sheriff said an investigation is continuing. He said it is too soon to speculate about how the person died.
“I want to strongly encourage the citizens of Plumas County to not draw any conclusions or jump to conclusions,” Hagwood said. “We are continuing to investigate.”
Hagwood said search and rescue teams have been actively searching for Mowrey since he was reported missing. “It has been part of our daily mission,” he said.
“The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest sympathies to Michael Mowrey’s family and friends,” he said.
Mowrey, 51, was a longtime employee at High Sierra Animal Rescue. High Sierra was offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.
This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
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