on july 9, 1985, a law enforcement officer was dispatched in Shasta County, California, to investigate the discovery of what was reported as human bones and a skull found along a logging road. There the deputy found a 1974 Oldsmobile with out-of-state plates. The automobile had been badly damaged by what the officer had determined to be a bear due to the dried muddy tracks on and around the vehicle. Furthermore, he reported extensive damage to the automobiles vinyl top and foam rubber from claw marks. Some windows were broken out, and the seats were described as having been badly torn by claws or teeth. The officers report went on to state that clothing and various personal effects were recovered from within a radius of 70 yards (63 m) from the vehicle. Of particular interest to this report is the fact that animal feces were recovered from atop the hood and windshield of the automobile and in its vicinity. Within 65 yards (57 m) of the passenger side of the automobile and down an embankment, a major portion of a human calvarium and mandible as well as portions of the appendicular skeleton were discovered. Although numerous torn and tattered articles of clothing were found both inside and outside the vehicle, no human remains were recovered from within the auto.
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