Body of Missing Apple Valley Man Found, Police Investigation Ongoing
Metro News West Bureau
Updated, Monday, 15th January 2018 at 5:00 AM PT
VICTOR VALLEY, CA -The missing person case of David Steen, 57, of Apple Valley, California, has tragically become a death investigation according to authorities. Steen's remains have been tentatively identified pending further forensic tests.
In a press release obtained by Metro News Los Angeles, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials stated they believe the remains found are that of David Steen who was reported missing last autumn. Steen's remains and on-scene evidence were found less than a 30 minute drive from his home.
Metro News originally reported in September 2017 that Steen's wife was the last person to see him the night of September 16th.
Johanna “Joey” Steen awoke the following morning only to find that her husband was gone along with their grey Honda Civic.
Unfortunately, the trail went cold almost immediately and there were no leads or sightings of David Steen for nearly four months.
Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. San Bernadino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a report of human skeletal remains found alongside the Mojave River in the unincorporated area of Adelanto, north-east of the Southern California Logistics Airport. The remains were discovered by utility workers in the area.
Deputies from the Victor Valley Station responded and located the remains and deteriorated clothing within a relatively remote and small area of the riverbed.
Located within the scene was a California driver’s license belonging to David Steen, a 57-year-old white male.
Steen was reported missing from his residence in Apple Valley on September 17, 2017.
A vehicle was found submerged in the river, but it was determined not to be Steen's. A separate investigation as to the vehicle and how it came to be in the river is ongoing.
“Based on evidence located and Steen’s distinctive physical characteristics, the remains are preliminarily identified as Steen’s,” Det. Jacob Naylor, lead instigator in Steen's missing person case and other investigators stated.
No other details were available as of the release of the media statement from San Bernadino County Sheriff & Coroner John McMahon.
“At this time, the circumstances related to Steen’s death are unknown and forensic analysis of the remains will be conducted,” Allison said.
Steen’s vehicle remains outstanding. The vehicle is a gray 2006 Honda Civic four-door sedan with a license plate number of 5SSA443. The vehicle’s rear bumper is attached to the vehicle with gray duct tape.
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. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-782-7463 or online at www.wetip.com.
Metro News West chose not to contact The Steen Family in order to respect their privacy in the aftermath of this tragedy.. Final arrangements for David Steen are not known at this time.
However, as this story continues to develop and we gather information from our sources, Metro News will bring you the latest updates as soon as we officially verify facts.