Sunday, 19 May 2024

Body found in forest identified

LAKEPORT – The body of a man found in the Mendocino National Forest late last month has been positively identified.


According to a statement Lt. Cecil Brown of the Lake County Sheriff's Office issued late Thursday, the man was Owen Andrew Lampman, 55, of Clearlake Oaks.


Lampman's body was found July 21 by a hunter in the Corbin Creek area of the Mendocino National Forest, near the border of Lake and Glenn counties, as Lake County News previously reported.


Glenn County Sheriff's Office deputies initially responded and found Lampman's body in the bed of Corbin Creek, near a burned up pickup truck that was registered to him, Brown reported.


Mary Beth Stanbery, administrative services officer for the Glenn County Sheriff's Office, told Lake County News in a previous interview that sheriff's deputies also found a handgun and documents at the scene.


Brown had previously reported that the Lake County Sheriff's office was contacted by Glenn County July 22, once they realized the body had been located within Lake County's jurisdiction.


Dental records were used to confirm Lampman's identity, Brown reported.


About three weeks before Lampman's body was found, Brown's report explained that the sheriff's office received a missing person's report regarding Lampman.


The man who filed the report on July 9 said he had not seen Lampman since June 25, according to Brown.


June 25 was also the date that firefighters responded to Lampman's home for a structure fire, Brown reported.


Battalion Chief Lou Dukes of the Northshore Fire Protection District's Clearlake Oaks station said Thursday that the fire was located in a storage unit a few doors down from Lampman's home on Fifth Street.


“It was a total loss,” said Dukes.


He added, “It's still under investigation. We didn't have any luck finding any cause.”


Brown said the sheriff's office entered Lampman into the Missing or Unidentified Persons System database as a missing person and initiated an investigation, which didn't identify anyone who had seen Lampman since June 25.


But the cause of Lampman's death still isn't known, Brown reported.


The sheriff's office ordered an autopsy to determined what killed Lampman, but the results aren't yet available, according to Brown.


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