Remains found in DHS in 2009 finally identified


The charred body of a man found near Desert Hot Springs four years ago was identified as that man reported missing in Nevada City, Calif.

Isaiah Marsh's body was found June 12, 2009, near Long Canyon Road and Hacienda Avenue, according to Riverside County sheriff's deputies. He was believed to be 30 years old.

His body was set on fire, but coroner's investigators were unable to pin down a cause of death. Marsh's family reported him missing April 2009, according to the sheriff's department, which labeled the case ``suspicious.''

Genetic evidence eventually sent to the Department of Justice for analysis this year was a match for Marsh.

Marsh had been dead 5-10 days when his body was found, according to the coroner's office.

A vigil and benefit concert was held in Nevada City, Calif., for Marsh in May 2009, according to website set up with by family members. According to the Union newspaper in Grass Valley, Marsh had been missing since roughly April 14.

``It's not like him to take off,'' friend Sara Wilkins told the newspaper. ``He always takes his phone charger with him ... ''

Marsh's F-350 pickup was found a month later in Riverside County. Anyone with more information was asked to call deputies at (951) 955-2777.

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