Remains IDed as Truckee man who’s been missing March |

Remains IDed as Truckee man who’s been missing March

Duane Colin was reported missing by family members on March 28.
Photos courtesy TPD |

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.      

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.