Humboldt County Coroner Dave Parris said Friday that the remains found at a disheveled Slate Creek campsite have been positively identified as Anna Maria Rodriquez, who was reported as an overdue hiker on Aug. 14.
”There is no evidence of foul play,” Parris said.
Parris said the identity was confirmed through dental records.
He also said several notes written in Rodriquez’s handwriting were at the site where her remains were found by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 9.
”We’re evaluating the notes now. They were very damaged by the weather and they’re very difficult to read,” he said.
Authorities were unable to find any evidence to determine a cause of death when they searched the campsite and surrounding area.
Rodriquez’s brother told the investigating deputy that he dropped her off at a trailhead three miles out Slate Creek near Orleans. She reportedly told him she intended to hike for about 75 days. He agreed to meet her back at the drop off area on Aug. 9 and she failed to show up. He re-checked the trailhead daily until Aug. 14.
He told the deputy this was her second or third long trip, which is why he was not concerned about her returning. The brother said this was the longest time she had been camping out in that area.
Anna Maria Rodriquez