Human remains were found Tuesday near a vehicle that went down an embankment on state Route 1 north of Bolinas, a California Highway Patrol officer said.
The vehicle is registered to Robert Leslie Davis, the San Rafael man who disappeared on Feb. 26 after having dinner in Corte Madera with his daughter, a CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.
The Marin County coroner’s office responded to the scene, but the remains have not yet been identified.
A Caltrans crew walking along the road during a routine check for slides and debris spotted a 2001 silver Toyota Camry, Barclay said.
They looked inside the vehicle and found Davis’ registration. The Caltrans crew then drove to the CHP office in Corte Madera to report the vehicle, Barclay said.
The CHP, Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Marin County Search and Rescue Team then went to the scene when it was determined the car belonged to a missing person, Barclay said.
The California Highway Patrol initially described the incident as a non-injury, vehicle over an embankment, but then changed it to a fatality. Barclay said there is no specific code for the discovery of an unoccupied vehicle belonging to a missing person.
Barclay said the search near the vehicle was hampered by hail, rain and thunder. The car was around 100 feet down an embankment in a heavily wooded area and was not visible by someone driving on the road, Barclay said.
Davis was last seen around 8 p.m. on Feb. 26 after he left Marin Joe’s Restaurant at 1585 Casa Buena Drive in Corte Madera. After his weekly dinner with his daughter he drove toward U.S. Highway 101, San Rafael police said.
Police said Davis suffered from a medical condition and might have become disoriented.
Davis was described as a white male with gray hair and gray eyes, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 139 pounds. He was wearing a beige jacket, yellow sweater and beige slacks when he was last seen.