Nearly ten years have passed when a missing man from Petaluma, who disappeared in 2012, was found and identified, KRON4 reported.
His skeletal remains were found within the Point Reyes National Seashore, located west of Five Brooks Trailhead within the Olema Valley last Sept. 9, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said.
A passerby saw the remains and reported them to the law enforcers.
Authorities said that the body was found not on a hiking trail but close to a remote place.
It was identified to belong to Gerritt Henry Vanderveer III, the sheriff’s office said.
Vanderveer disappeared last Sept. 10, 2012, when he was still 44 years old.
The cause of death is under investigation.
In a separate missing report by KRON4, investigators said that a Northern California woman who was reported missing was believed to have been a victim of a “shopping cart killer.”
48-year-old Stephanie Harrison from Redding, Calif. disappeared while she was having a vacation on the East Coast in August.
The suspect was identified by authorities as 35-year-old Anthony Eugene Robinson of Washington D.C., who is dubbed as the “shopping cart killer.”
His codename was derived from his method of crime, as he allegedly used shopping carts to transport his victims’ dead bodies in far areas.
Police said Harrison might be one of Robinson’s victims.
“We have a serial killer. He does unspeakable things with his victims. He is in custody. The challenge that remains is identifying other victims,” Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis told a press conference.
“He’s called the ‘shopping cart killer’ because he meets his victims on dating sites. He meets his victims then at motels. After he inflicts trauma to his victims and kills them, he transports their bodies to their final resting place literally in a shopping cart. And there is video to that effect,” Davis added.