Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office

Tuolumne County Sheriff's personnel respond to an area near Twain Harte where "heavily decomposed" human remains were found Monday afternoon. Foul play currently is not suspected, the agency said.

Heavily decomposed human remains were discovered Monday afternoon in a ravine near Twain Harte, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said, though foul play is not suspected.

Sheriff’s deputies responded about 1:30 p.m. Monday to the area of South Fork Road for a report about the remains discovered near the old Sierra Pines Golf Course, according to a news release.

The remains were found on land reportedly belonging to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. by a man who was working for PG&E to clear the area of undergrowth for a fire break, said Deputy Ashley Boujikian, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Boujikian said the worker was scouting how to get equipment across the ravine when he came upon the remains. Deputies confirmed the remains were human and called detectives to the scene for further investigation.

“The location is forested and down a ravine in a drainage ditch area that could be described as a seasonal creek,” she said.

While foul play is not suspected, Boujikian said an autopsy will be conducted to determine the person’s identity and cause of death.

Boujikian said it’s currently unknown how long the remains were out there, or whether they’re connected to any open missing person cases in the area.

No further information is being released by the Sheriff’s Office at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone who has information related to this case is asked to call Det. John Hammell at (209) 694-2903.

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