Skeletal remains discovered in Truckee were recently identified as a local man who went missing in March, officials said.
Duane Colin, 60, of Truckee was reported missing by family members in March, according to the Truckee Police Department. He was last seen in the Gateway Rite Aid store and is believed to have gone missing from his home on Donner Lake.
Despite an exhaustive search and extensive investigative follow-up, no significant leads developed, according to TPD.
On July 12, two hikers found the skeletal remains west of Donner Lake Road in a steep and heavily wooded area above Donner Pass Road.
Since there was insufficient evidence to make a positive identification, specialists from the California State University Chico Anthropology Division assisted with scene processing. In addition, Nevada County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue conducted an extensive canvas of the area.
After consulting with the various assisting agencies, Truckee Police Department investigators concluded that foul play was “highly” unlikely. The exact cause of death remains unknown.