Authorities have yet to positively identify the driver of a pickup that burned off Highway 3 west of Hayfork on Tuesday night, Oct. 20.

According to Highway Patrol reports, a vegetation fire was reported off the highway near mile marker 7 just before 8 p.m. About 30 minutes later, authorities located a crew cab pickup inside the burned area.

Once the fire was put out, investigators discovered a deceased subject inside the truck.

“Due to the condition of the truck and party located within, no identification has been made at this time,” the CHP report said. “The California Highway Patrol is working with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department to identify the individual so that family can be notified.”

Trinity County Sheriff’s Detective Josh Ford said while investigators have a presumptive ID, they are awaiting DNA test results to come back from the lab before releasing it.

Ford said the fire appeared to have been caused by the crash, as the large diesel truck went through the guardrail and into vegetation. The specific cause remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Highway Patrol office in Weaverville at 623-3832.

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