An extensive search was started and many members of the Native Sons spent hours driving routes most likely taken by Anderson. Missing person flyers were distributed along these routes. The CHP flew Highways 299 and 36 with fixed wing aircraft and helicopter. No sign of Anderson’s vehicle was located.
DNA samples were collected from one of Anderson’s sisters and from a brother. The DNA samples were sent to the Department of Justice (DOJ) lab in Richmond, CA, and stored in their DNA computer bank for possible matching with unidentified remains.
On July 9, a Caltrans worker reported finding Anderson’s vehicle off the side of the road on Highway 299. The CHP and Trinity County sheriff search and rescue and coroner’s offices responded to the location. The terrain is described as a very steep, almost vertical embankment. The vehicle was reported to be nearly impossible to see from the air or from the ground. Skeletal remains were located next to the vehicle with identification belonging to Anderson.
The Trinity County coroner’s office sent a portion of the left femur from the remains to the DOJ lab for comparative analysis to the DNA already provided.
On Wednesday, Sept. 25, the Eureka Police Department received notice from the Trinity County coroner’s office that they received confirmation from the DOJ lab that there is “strong evidence that the decedent is related to this family.” Anderson’s relatives were notified that the remains had been positively identified.