Remains identified as California woman missing since December

Human remains found last week near Shaver Lake in Fresno County have been identified as those of a woman who has been missing since December, authorities said.

Dental records have confirmed the identity of Fresno resident Samantha Tomlinson, 37, who was reported missing by a friend on December 3 when she failed to return home after shopping, it was reported on Saturday the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.

After the report was filed, a search and rescue team began checking Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Park with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and the US Forest Service. Neither Tomlinson nor his vehicle was found.

On May 2, the sheriff’s office received a report of an abandoned vehicle east of Shaver Lake. It was confirmed to be Tomlinson.

Search parties sent to the area found Tomlinson’s remains in rough terrain about half a mile from the vehicle.

Authorities believe the car was covered in snow, preventing search and rescue teams from finding it last winter.

The sheriff’s office does not suspect foul play in Tomlinson’s death.

Los Angeles Times

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