A 2014 Fiat belonging to a missing Wilseyville man was located Monday afternoon down a 40 to 50 foot embankment off of Highway 16 in Amador County.
Human remains were found inside, said Officer Brian Hagemann of the California Highway Patrol - Amador Area.
They have not been identified as Shannon David Scott, 66, who was reported missing after he didn’t arrive for an appointment at the Sacramento VA Medical Center in Rancho Cordova on Aug. 29, 2018.
“We have not positively ID-ed the subject and the investigation is currently ongoing. It may be some time before we make identification,” said Sgt. Patrick Weart, deputy coroner with the Amador County Sheriff’s Office.
Hagemann confirmed the vehicle was a white 2014 Fiat with a Purple Heart license plate and a Marine Corps sticker, which matched the details of a vehicle sought by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office for more than seven months.
According to Calaveras County officials, Scott was a United States Marine Corps veteran.
Hagemann said the vehicle was located a quarter-mile east of Moriah Heights Road between Rancho Murieta and Plymouth by a resident who noticed the car on an adjacent property while mowing.
The CHP office does not believe another vehicle was involved and no witnesses have come forward to share information regarding the collision, Hagemann said.
“We do know for an undetermined reason he ran off the north road edge, went over the embankment, struck some trees, nosedived into the dirt and came to rest on the left hand side of the vehicle partially overturned,” Hagemann said.
The vehicle was located 150 feet north of the road, down a steep drop on the embankment. Hagemann said the vehicle was obscured by heavy brush and trees and was not visible from Highway 16. He said it was “possible but not likely” the vehicle was visible from an aerial view.
An officer is in the process of inspecting the vehicle to rule out a possible mechanical failure, he added.
Hagemann said an investigation into the traffic collision would be a standalone investigation and information would be provided to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office when it was concluded.
The office will have the choice on whether they will take receipt of the vehicle, he said.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office has repeatedly called for public information regarding Scott’s disappearance over the past month and also served a search warrant on his home on Blagen Boulevard in Wilseyville related to an investigation into possible crimes related to his finances.
According to Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press releases, Scott reportedly departed to his appointment at 11 a.m. on Aug. 29 from Wilseyville. The appointment was scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
He was reported missing by a family member on Aug. 31 at 10:30 a.m.
An aerial search on his path of travel with drones and aircraft did not uncover any evidence of his vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office said they confirmed his vehicle was traveling northbound on Sunrise Boulevard in Rancho Cordova at 12:12 p.m.
His cell phone indicated the last activity on his phone was at 3 p.m., in the area of Sloughhouse, an unincorporated community in Sacramento County on Highway 16.
Sloughhouse is approximately 10 miles from the location where Scott’s car was located.
Hagemann said at this time a cell phone had not been located, but said one may be found during an inspection of the car.
The missing man’s daughter, Shaylee Scott, then 25, was arrested on suspicion of a felony violation of probation, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition during the service of the warrant in February.
Lt. Rachelle Whiting said in March she was charged because she had access to firearms in the home, which was prohibited by the terms of probation. Whiting said she did not have to be the legal registered owner of the firearm to be in violation of her probation.
Whiting said no information was being released regarding the nature of the financial crimes.
Scott was described as having medical disabilities and being dependent on a wheelchair or cane. He had tattoos on his arms which included a dragon, a red rose, a Pegasus and a Kentucky flag.
He was identified as either being bald or having blond hair. Whiting said the Sheriff’s Office received information Scott had “artificial hair.”