On May 7, 2020, a private nature reserve employee called the Mendocino County Sheriff. He had found what he believed to be human remains.
The remains were in a forest near Branscomb and just about 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) from where Neily’s car had been found. David’s son Ryan found his father’s car as Sue described in her post.
Jim Wood, a Forensic Odontologist, examined the remains. He compared the dental records and supported by DNA determined that the remains were indeed David Virgil Neily.
“The examinations found no evidence of trauma, the statement said, and the sheriff’s office continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.” If you read Sue’s post, there was enough to be concerned about.
On a blog about David, his daughter, Lisa, describes her father. As Sue described, David endured troubling times in his life, from physical and verbal abuse as a child, to battling depression as a teenager and into adulthood.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office will keep up the investigation into David Neily’s disappearance. If you have any information please call Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alex Johnston at (707) 463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip-line at (707) 234-2100.
The website of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is here.
Rest in peace, David Virgil Neily.