A man’s body found Wednesday afternoon in a remote wooded area outside the township of Tuolumne is believed to be that of a missing 44-year-old Jamestown resident, according to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s detectives, who are investigating the death as suspicious.
The Sheriff’s Office put out a news release Thursday afternoon announcing the discovery and asking for the public’s help with any leads.
Jeremy Allen was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office by his mother on May 10. Spokeswoman Sgt. Andrea Benson said he was reportedly last seen on Easter, April 21.
Benson said they were given information on who was the last person to see him and where. She also said they don’t have information on where he was working before he went missing.
The Sheriff’s Office posted photos of Allen and his pickup truck on Facebook Wednesday morning and asked for the public’s help with finding him. The truck was reportedly last seen at a turnout on Cottonwood Road, also outside of Tuolumne, but was no longer there.
Sheriff’s detectives responded to a tip about a 2005 maroon Ford F150 parked in the area of Fir Drive and Mountain View Road in Sonora that matched the description of Allen’s truck and confirmed that it belonged to the missing man.
They also followed up on information that led them to a forest road off Buchanan Mine Road seven miles outside of Tuolumne, and found the body that’s believed to be Allen.
Benson said it was a numbered forest road, but she didn’t know the specific number.
Positive identification and a cause of death will be determined through an autopsy, the news release stated.
Detectives are not releasing information on the tip that led them to the body more than 10 miles from where Allen’s truck was found because it is an active investigation and they don’t want to jeopardize the case, Benson said.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with more information about the case to contact the investigation division at (209) 604-2900.
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