UPDATE: Car Found Down Wooded Embankment Belongs to Missing Elderly Man

"We did locate remains near the vehicle, but at this time those have not been identified," A CHP spokesman told Patch.

By Renee Schiavone and Bay City News Service: 

A vehicle found down an embankment on state Highway 1 north of Bolinas Tuesday morning belongs to Robert Leslie Davis, the San Rafael man who disappeared on Feb. 26 after having dinner in Corte Madera with his daughter, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

There was no immediate sign of Davis, 93, so the Marin County Sheriff's Office's Search and Rescue team searched the area, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

A few hours later, a body was found.

"We did locate remains near the vehicle, but at this time those have not been identified," Barclay told Patch.

A Caltrans crew walking along the road during a routine road check for slides and debris Tuesday morning spotted the 2001 silver Toyota Camry, Barclay said.

They looked inside and found Davis' registration and drove to the CHP office in Corte Madera, 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 first described the incident Tuesday 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 man with gray hair and gray eyes, 5 feet 7 inches and 139 pounds. He was wearing a beige jacket, yellow sweater and beige slacks.

Just this week, his family put out an offer of $5,000 in the search.

Nicky Rager Dilts April 01, 2014 at 09:59 PM
Prayers going out to the family so sad to hear it ended this way.
novato 3per April 02, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Damn. I'm in awe of someone driving in their 90'S..Must have had a real independent streak. MY KINDA GUY. God bless!
Ginny April 02, 2014 at 09:31 AM
What am I missing... "A few hours later, a body was found" Who was this?
markrpope April 02, 2014 at 11:32 AM
First, good thing he didn't kill someone. Second, that's why most states much poorer that California install guard rails.
NovatoRes April 02, 2014 at 03:00 PM
The fact that he had a condition that would make him susceptible to disorientation is a huge risk factor for driving - especially someone his age. Hopefully this will move more to have "the talk" with aging family members that its time to retire the car keys. If not for their sake, for the sake of others on the road. My condolences to the family.


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