Missing woman found deceased

Update: Jan. 19, 11:35 a.m. Plumas County Sheriff’s Investigator Steve Peay reports that 20-year-old Kelsey Powles of Westwood, has been found deceased in the area near where her car was found stuck in a ditch yesterday. Peay said her body was discovered by Plumas County Search and Rescue this morning. The cause of death is under investigation and detectives are responding to the scene.

Plumas County Search and Rescue is coordinating with Lassen County to help locate 20-year-old Kelsey Powles of Westwood. Powles was last seen at her Westwood home Wednesday evening, Jan. 17.

On Thursday, her vehicle was located stuck in a ditch close to the newly completed Hamilton Branch bridge along Highway 147 near Lake Almanor. Plumas County Assistant Sheriff Dean Canalia said his department was notified Thursday, Jan. 18, at about 4 p.m. that a missing persons report had been filed, and Search and Rescue was activated.

“They were out until at least 11 p.m. last night and it was reactivated this morning at first light,” Canalia said this morning, though he added that last night’s snow in the area could hamper efforts.

Anyone with information, should call the Plumas County Sheriff at 283-6300.

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6 thoughts on “Missing woman found deceased

  • January 19, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Where is the picture of the vehicle and actual crash site?

  • January 19, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    I saw a picture earlier of the vehicle and the actual crash site..where is that picture?

  • January 20, 2018 at 6:42 am

    In response to above; I would think that FRB had the decency to remove the picture as it would probably cause further and unnecessary anguish to those who knew her.

    • January 21, 2018 at 4:01 pm

      The picture of the car is still on the FB page created to bring her home. 🙁

  • January 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    So heartbreaking..sorry for her family..way too young. …agree, hopefully pictures will stay private..as when my parents crashed their airplane in Chester it was all over the news..the sheriff’s office released that horrible photo to the press for all to see before I even had the opportunity to notify my siblings….Please don’t add more pain to an already devastated family… RIP beautiful girl…

  • January 23, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I love this area I sure would like to know more about the young lady demise.

    Should other ladies and young ladies be worried I wish they would post more information God bless her and her family and the detectives to find the clues and answers

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