Sheriff’s Office asks for help in identifying human remains found in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space


On Monday afternoon, 2/18/13 a local resident was hiking in the Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve in San Mateo County. This approximately 4,400 acre area is located west of Skyline Boulevard approximately 6 miles south of highway 92. The hiker walked off a trail and discovered a human skull and other skeletal remains. Articles of clothing and a pair of shoes were also located. The hiker returned to the Skyline Blvd. area where he was able to call 9-1-1 from his cell phone. Sheriff’s Deputies as well as Rangers from the Mid-Peninsula Open Space Trust responded and were shown to the area by the hiker.

Detectives from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office as well as Investigators from the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. The remains were removed from the scene and the process of identification was begun. Thus far, no identification of the decedent has been made.

The Coroner’s investigation and examination by a Forensic Anthropologist has determined that the victim had been dead for approximately 3 years. The remains are that of a white male adult between 54-64 years old. The physical description of the decedent appears to have been large as the pants located had a 54” waist size with a 30” inseam. The shoes located are described as blue, white and silver Nike Air Max Moto, size 12.

The Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office are still searching outstanding missing persons reports filed in the circa 2009 area in an effort to make an identification. Assistance from the public is requested to identify the decedent. If anyone has information about a missing person fitting the above description, please contact Detective Matthew Broad at 650-363-4363.

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