Stays of man lacking since 1997 discovered close to Lake Shasta


The household of a lacking Shasta County man has waited in agony since 1997 — and though final month they lastly bought some solutions, extra baffling questions nonetheless stay.

David Wayne Wallace, then 36, was final seen on Might 3, 1997, at his father’s Lake Shasta dwelling. Wallace left the house round 10 p.m. along with his canine for a night stroll across the lake. Not lengthy after he left, Wallace’s father reported listening to shouting exterior. 

Wallace by no means returned from his stroll, though relations say his blood-covered canine discovered its means dwelling. In response to the Redding File Searchlight, relations say police didn’t examine Wallace’s disappearance, allegedly saying he was an grownup who could have left of his personal volition. It’s not clear if the blood discovered on the canine belonged to Wallace, the canine or a 3rd occasion.

Wallace’s family members searched across the lake, however discovered no hint of him. Though the case wasn’t lined within the media on the time, the household was in a position to get a list on the Charley Venture, a web-based database that tracks lacking particular person instances. 

David Wayne Wallace, 36, disappeared in 1997 on a stroll along with his canine round Lake Shasta, California.

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A break within the case got here in October 2020, when two hunters stumbled upon a part of a human cranium on Bollibokka Mountain, close to the highest of Lake Shasta’s northernmost department. That cranium was DNA examined, lastly getting a match final month to Wallace. 

Shasta County Sheriff’s Workplace spokesperson Tim Mapes advised SFGATE that the division’s main crimes unit and the county coroner’s workplace are investigating the case. “With the minimal quantity of stays recovered, a explanation for loss of life has not been decided,” Mapes mentioned. 

Mapes mentioned sheriff’s workplace investigators are treating Wallace’s loss of life as a lacking individuals case. “Nothing within the preliminary investigation suggests it was a murder,” he mentioned. 

The sheriff’s workplace will probably proceed looking within the space for extra stays.

Anybody with info concerning the case is requested to contact the Shasta County Sheriff’s Workplace. When Wallace went lacking, he was carrying a tan shirt, blue denims and wore a pink backpack. He had brown hair and hazel eyes and distinctive tattoos; a wizard on his left forearm, a gun on his higher proper arm, a lady on his proper forearm and “In opposition to” on his left arm and “The Regulation” on his proper.

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