Human remains found in canal near Redding City Hall

REDDING — City of Redding police officers and Shasta County Coroner’s officials are investigating after another set of human remains was located in a canal just east of Redding City Hall. The gruesome discovery was made this morning, Monday, Aug. 5.

Officials have confirmed that the remains found today are human, and include an arm bone and other remains.


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Redding PD officers were dispatched to the canal off Cypress Ave. around 8 a.m., after receiving reports of suspicious activity in the area.

When officials arrived they interviewed several people who reported finding the remains.

Coroner officials collect several human bones that were found in a canal east of Redding City Hall this morning. Authorities have not yet determined if today’s discovery was related to other human remains found in the same area last Tuesday, July 30. KRCR photo

A Shasta County Coroner’s Office representative told KRCR News this morning the bones found today are human. However, officials have not confirmed if the bones found this morning are connected to partial human remains recovered in the same general area Tuesday, July 30.

Last Tuesday morning’s investigation began after remains were found floating in the water near the Cypress Ave. bridge at Park Marina Dr.

As their investigation was getting underway last week, Redding police Sgt. Levi Solada told Record Searchlight that Shasta County Sheriff’s dive team members had pulled the remains from a canal that runs just west of the Sacramento River.

The investigation began around 5 a.m., after a citizen “flagged down” a police officer along Park Marina Dr. to report the discovery.

The person told the officer they saw “what they believed was some type of suspicious item in the  water,” Redding Cpl. Timothy Renault reported that day. “Due to the darkness, it was difficult to see what was going on down there.”


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Officials at the time were not able to determined how long the body had been in the water and could not confirm the person’s gender or age.

Officials remain at the scene of today’s discovery and have not released any further details regarding either of their active and ongoing investigations.

Officials display several of the human bones discovered in a canal this morning east of Redding City Hall. KRCR photo

This is a developing story that will be updated as additional information is available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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