The body of a teenage girl found in a remote area of northern California several months after her disappearance
The discovery last week of the remains of a teenager in Northern California has been positively identified as a 19-year-old who disappeared from Oakland for nearly three months, authorities confirmed. Tatiana Dugger, 19, disappeared in January. The body of the Oroville teenager was found hundreds of miles away in Siskiyou County, near the Oregon border, by county authorities last week. On March 28, a hiker reported finding a deceased woman to the United States Forest Service near U.S. Route 97 about eight miles northeast of Weed, California, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. The heavily wooded area is approximately 40 miles east of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. On April 1, an autopsy was carried out on the body; a rapid DNA test confirmed that the remains belonged to Dugger. At this point, it is unclear whether foul play is suspected in Dugger’s death. The cause and manner of death were not immediately released. However, authorities indicated that it appeared that Dugger’s remains may have been in the deserted area for a “prolonged period”. “The deceased person was a female and was located in a remote area off the road, and appeared to have been there for an extended period of time,” the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. The researchers did not reveal any additional details. “This is an ongoing investigation and the additional circumstances surrounding Tatiana’s death will not be released at this time,” the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office added. Dugger’s family originally reported her missing on January 9. Her last known location was Oakland, according to phone records that investigators had access to after interviewing the teen’s family. It is unclear how Dugger could have ended up nearly 300 miles from where he disappeared. Tatiana Sunshine Dugger Photo: Black and Missing Foundation, Inc. Dugger had recently moved to Los Angeles shortly before she disappeared, Sacramento television station KTXL reported. His family said he had been staying at a hotel in East Oakland at the time of his disappearance. A well-being check of the room, conducted by the police, did not turn up any evidence suggesting a crime or kidnapping. However, on New Year’s Eve, Dugger’s family said she had left her family home and headed to Oakland with an unidentified man. “She went with him and went to Oakland, so she was basically in Oakland for a week,” her sister, Savannah Moreno, told KTVU. He added that his mother last spoke with Dugger on January 7 and that “everything seemed to be fine.” However, the teen’s social media accounts were shut down shortly thereafter and her phone would go directly to voicemail, according to her sister. He’s never left without talking to us, “Moreno told the Oakland station.” Someone in the family talks to her every day, whether it’s via text message, Snapchat or Instagram. “Dugger’s family previously begged for any help in locating the missing.” Anything, big or small, we don’t know. that could lead us to find her, “Moreno said.” At this point, we need all the help we can get. “State and federal law enforcement agencies assisted in the investigation of the missing teenager. Anyone with information related to the disappearance or death of Dugger you should contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour information line at 530-841-2900.Our communities to contact BCSO, OPD, or SCSO if they have additional information regarding Ms. . Dugger, ”added the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.