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Bones found near West Sac were from prehistoric Native American

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 10, 2014 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

When a local citizen noticed some bones along the riverfront on August 15, a sheriff’s department boat and representatives of the Yolo County Coroner’s office responded.

The possibility of foul play had to be considered. The area near County Road 127 and West Sacramento was a possible crime scene. The partial remains had been exposed by low waters.

Several weeks later, investigators don’t have a cause of death, but they do have a very rough time frame for when the victim – probably a male – died.

The bones were left behind in prehistoric times, said Gina Moya, Chief Deputy Coroner for Yolo County.

“They were determined to be Native American,” she told the News-Ledger. “Probably 3,000-plus years old.”

That judgment came with help from the anthropology department at Chico State University.

So what happens next to the partial remains?

“We notified the Native American Heritage Commission,” said Moya.

The commission will research the history of the area and repatriate the bones to the appropriate tribe for reburial.

Moya said she wasn’t sure whether the remains were of a sole individual, or whether they were part of a Native American burying ground.

“There were ancient burial sites in West Sacramento,” she said. “Typically, the Native Americans would bury remains on top of each other, as in a burial mound.”

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Human remains found near West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 20, 2014 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department is looking into the discovery of some possible human remains Friday morning (Aug. 15) along the muddy riverfront of the Sacramento River near County Road 127.

A citizen noticed the teeth and a few other small bones in the area north of West Sacramento at about 11 a.m.

A sheriff’s department boat and coroner’s office investigators responded.

Further information was not immediately available.

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Yolo jail inmate dies in custody

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE  — MAY 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an inmate died on Saturday while in custody at the county jail in Woodland.

The man, 29-year old Todd Alexander Phillips, was in custody since April 12 “for various felony and misdemeanor offenses,” said a statement from Lieutenant Dale Johnson of the sheriff’s office.

A correctional officer noticed Phillips was “agitated and upset” at about 12:49 p.m. that afternoon.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” according to Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and responded and they immediately notified emergency medical personnel from outside the facility. Phillips was transported to the Woodland Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, efforts to revive Phillips failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

The sheriff’s office will further investigate, reported Johnson.

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Missing girl located safe

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — OCT 8, 2012 —

Late Saturday, West Sacramento police asked for help in locating 15-year old Alyssa Burraston, missing after being last seen in town on Thursday.

The girl has been found safe and returned home, WSPD reports today.

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