A bear had been in a house within the Sierra Nevada the place a girl was discovered useless, and investigators try to find out the timeline of occasions.
The invention was made Nov. 8 by Sierra County sheriff’s deputies who have been conducting a welfare test on the request of an individual who hadn’t seen Patrice Miller in a number of days.
The deputies ended up forcing entry into Miller’s Downieville house. There they discovered the 71-year-old lady useless, in addition to proof of bear exercise.
“Preliminary investigation signifies that she handed away previous to the bear’s involvement,” mentioned a report this week from the sheriff’s workplace. Miller’s reason behind dying remained undetermined, and deputies and Fish and Wildlife brokers try to “piece collectively the sequence of occasions,” the workplace mentioned.
In the meantime, the sheriff’s workplace is reminding Downieville residents to shut ground-floor doorways and home windows at night time, lock their automobiles, and safe meals and rubbish out of the attain of animals.