COVELO >> On Sept. 25, at 6:32 p.m., the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by hunters who reported the discovery of a body near the roadway in the 50000 block of Indian Dick Road in Covelo. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, which was determined to be part of the Mendocino National Forest. Sheriff’s detectives conducted a suspicious death investigation with the assistance of the Round Valley Tribal Police Department. The deputies confirmed the presence of a deceased adult male subsequently identified as Michael Leon Pina, a 52-year-old adult male. On Monday, Sept. 29 a forensic autopsy was conducted on Pina in an attempt to determine his cause of death. The classification of Pina’s death is undetermined pending the results of BA/toxicology analysis, which is expected to take 4-6 weeks before results are returned to the sheriff’s office coroner’s division. Anyone who might have information that might assist sheriff’s detectives in their investigation is urged to contact the sheriff’s office tip-line at 707-234-2100 or the Round Valley Tribal Police Department Tip-Line at 707-272-0259.

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