Body found along Highway 70

Updated Nov. 15

The body found on the afternoon of Nov. 11 on the north side of Highway 70 between Vinton and Chilcoot has been identified as Anthony Richins, 44, from Reno, Nevada. According to the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, preliminary autopsy results indicate Richins possibly died as a result of a heroin overdose, although toxicology results are pending.

Sheriff’s investigators determined that friends of Richins dumped his body along Highway 70 when he died after injecting heroin while driving from Reno to Loyalton. The other passengers in the vehicle continued on to Loyalton. The investigation is ongoing.

Plumas County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of a deceased subject from a passing motorist Nov. 11 around 4 p.m. Law enforcement, medical and fire personnel were dispatched to the scene. The Plumas County Sheriff’s Investigations Unit was called out and processed the body and scene for evidence. Through the investigation it was determined that the subject had recently been dumped along the highway.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who observed suspicious activity at that time along Highway 70 between Chilcoot and Vinton to please contact the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 530-283-6300 or Sheriff’s Investigations Unit at 530-283-6363.