- Aug 9, 2001
Body found sitting in a chair in Sierra home, likely for years, officials say
Officials believe that a body found inside a home in a small town in the Sierra Nevada foothills has been there for years before it was discovered.
At around 10 a.m. Saturday, a Calaveras County sheriff’s deputy was sent to a home in the town of Wallace to conduct a next-of-kin notification. The neighboring Amador County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the death of an unidentified man, and the deceased man's son was believed to be living at the Wallace home.
When the deputy arrived at the residence, it appeared no one was home, but he heard the faint sound of a fan, Calaveras County Sheriff’s spokesperson Lt. Greg Stark told SFGATE in a statement. The deputy peered through a window and found what appeared to be a dead man sitting in a chair. He then called for backup.
Stark said the house likely had not been entered for years. “Evidence suggested more than three years,” Stark said in the statement. “Due to the condition of the body, the detectives were unable to determine the cause of death or identification of the deceased.”
The identities of the deceased individuals in Calaveras and Amador counties have not yet been disclosed by the sheriffs' offices, Stark said, but there are no signs of foul play.