Sheriff Press Release

Friday 01 June 2012

Calpine Skeletal Remains found in 2003 Identified by D.N.A. of Eureka Woman Missing Since 1998
Incident: # 03-01000

On Friday 25 May 2012 the sheriff’s office received notification from the California Department of Justice, Forensic Laboratory, that they had confirmed a match on D.N.A. (deoxyribonucleic acid) samples that had been submitted by this office. The samples submitted were from skeletal remains found by U.S.F.S. personnel in 2003 in the forest area north of Calpine, in north/central Sierra County; near SR-89. The original case was investigated by retired Undersheriff Steve Peterson. In 2011 Deputy Sheriff Noel Clem was assigned the “cold case” for follow-up. Deputy Sheriff Clem’s investigation resulted in the match of the D.N.A to a woman reported as a missing person from the City of Eureka, Humboldt County, CA; since 1998. The Eureka Police Department case is #3C98-8640. The previously missing woman is identified as Charlene Annette Rosser and she was 29-years of age when she went missing. Her photograph is below. Both the Sierra County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka Police Department are investigating the matter as a homicide. Any one with information is requested to please contact Deputy Sheriff Noel Clem or Sheriff John Evans. Anonymous information can always be left for the sheriff toll free by calling (888) 2-SHERIFF or (888) 274-3743, which is a confidential voice message received only by Sheriff Evans. This is the second case in a year of remains identified by D.N.A. in Sierra County.

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