SIERRA COUNTY, CA (MyNews4.com) -- Sierra County Sheriff Deputies believe the body in an unoccupied vehicle found on Tuesday is a Susanville Cal-Trans employee missing since June 3.
Around 6:30 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received information about a suspicious vehicle located near the Treasure Mountain Loop Road just northwest of the Little Truckee Summit in Eastern Sierra County. Deputies met with the reporting party, a local resident who located the vehicle in the remote area of the Tahoe National Forest while horse back riding. At about 9 a.m., deputies arrived at the vehicle and discovered the sole male occupant was deceased.
The vehicle, a maroon 2004 extended cab Ford Ranger, was identified as belonging to Patrick McCarthy, of Doyle, CA. McCarthy, a Susanville Cal-Trans employee, was reported missing on June 3, 2013 to the Lassen County Sheriff's Office.
Although the occpuant of the vehicle has not been positively identified, the Sierra County Sheriff's Office believes the remains are to be that of McCarthy. McCarthy's family members have been notified and deputies are working to identify the remains.
Although the cause of death is still under investigation, deputies do not suspect foul play.