09-19-2013, 08:00 AM #1Former Member
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CA - Tulare Co., Male skull, mountain area, Sep'13 - Omer Rodriguez AlcantarThe Tulare County Sheriff’s Department reported that a cattle rancher discovered the skull while checking on his cattle near the Loggy Meadows area of the Golden Trout Wilderness, just north of Ponderosa.
09-19-2013, 12:31 PM #2Registered User
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A little more info...
This claims that skull was from a male in their 20's and it had been exposed to the elements for up to a decade.
This is mainly an update to the first story linked.
10-05-2013, 10:13 AM #3
Tulare County Sheriff
Skull Found in Loggy Meadows
LOCATION: Loggy Meadows DATE: 09-13-2013 TIME: 1030
CASE NUMBER: VICTIM: CITY:
On 09/13/13 at approximately 10:30 in the morning near the Loggy Meadows area of the Golden Trout Wilderness, a cattle rancher discovered a skull while checking on his cattle. He alerted the authorities on 09/14/13 when he was able to access a telephone. A deputy, as well as a detective from Violent Crimes, responded to the location. They located the skull where the rancher had reported it was, and the surrounding area was searched. There was no physical evidence of a crime, and there was no identification material. No other human remains were located, and the skull was turned over to the Tulare County Coroner’s Office for further investigation.
The Coroner’s Office asked Forensic Anthropologists from Fresno State University for their assistance, something that is typical of these types of investigations. They determined that the skull is that of a male in his early to mid-20’s and had been exposed to the elements for a time period of up to ten years. There were no signs of obvious trauma, and the skull is being processed for DNA by the State of California’s Department of Justice DNA Laboratory.
The Violent Crimes Unit is assisting by cross referencing missing person’s reports.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Coroner’s Office at 559-685-2593, the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-735-1898, or access our anonymous tip line, Tip Now, at 559-725-4194 or email@example.com.
11-09-2013, 11:13 AM #4
Officials awaiting positive ID on skull
November 01, 2013 8:57 AM
Wright said all signs are the remain belong to an 18-year-old Porterville man who went missing on July 13,1992.
11-09-2013, 11:15 AM #5
Michael Joseph Miranda
Missing from Porterville, CA - July 13, 1992
CA Michael Joseph Miranda (18) - Porterville CA, 1992 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community
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06-23-2015, 12:30 PM #6
Still no update on the identification of these remains. The article below states that dental records tentatively matched Michael Miranda, but they were waiting on DNA to be sure. I sent an email to the coroner's office to confirm whether or not the identification was made. Will post when I receive a reply.
06-07-2016, 12:48 AM #7
By matching DNA, Wright said they identified the remains being that of Omar Rodriguez Alcantar, who disappeared in 2008 while on a camping trip with a church group. Wright said the man was a Mexican national from Long Beach. He was 26 years old at the time of his death.
The DNA match settles the identify of the skull found in July by a rancher while on horseback in the Loggy Meadows area of the Golden Trout Wilderness, just north of Ponderosa.
Wright said the DNA did not match a young man from Porterville who had gone missing in the same area on July 13, 1992.
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