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Remains of missing 57-year-old Apple Valley man found near Adelanto

Steen's vehicle, a 2006 gray Honda Civic with CA plate # 5SSA443 remains out standing.

ADELANTO, Calif. ( – The remains of missing Apple Valley man David Steen were found in the Mojave River Thursday, officials said.

On January 4, 2018, at about 9:51 am, sheriff’s dispatch received a call from utility workers in the area north-east of the Southern California Logistics Airport reporting they found skeletal remains alongside the riverbed.

“Deputies with the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded and found human skeletal remains and deteriorating clothing in the area,” said Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station Sgt. Jeff Allison. “Near the remains was a CA drivers license belonging to David Steen.”

Sheriff’s officials responded and located a submerged vehicle in the riverbed north of the remains. However, that vehicle was determined not to be Steen’s and a separate investigation as to the vehicle and how it came to be in the river is ongoing.

Deputies with the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station along with the San Bernardino County Coroners Division responded to process the scene, recover evidence and the remains.

Sgt. Allison said at this time the circumstances related to steen’s death are unknown. The coroners division will conduct their scientific and forensic analysis in an attempt to determine the cause or manner of death.

“There was nothing at the scene to indicate suspicious circumstances or foul play, however, investigators are looking into all possibilities,” said Sgt. Allison.

A sheriff’s aviation unit conducted an area check for Steen’s vehicle and was met with negative results.

Steen’s vehicle, a 2006 gray Honda Civic with CA plate # 5SSA443 remains out standing. The vehicle’s rear bumper is attached to the vehicle with gray duct tape. Steen was last seen driving away from his residence on September 17, 2017.

Anyone with information as to Steen’s whereabouts after his disappearance, or the current location of Steen’s vehicle is asked to call the Apple Valley Station (760)240-7400 or Sheriff’s Dispatch (760)956-5001.

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