Human Remains Found in Roseville, Identified as Missing Homeless Man

ROSEVILLE — Police in Roseville say human remains were discovered Wednesday in a marshy area near Miner’s Ravine Trail, off Interstate 80 and North Sunrise Avenue.

“Yesterday morning someone was walking out here and found some human remains. Really? That they’re investigating. Oh my, oh that’s crazy,” said Rollie Coleman of Loomis.

Coleman says he comes here from Loomis almost every day to hang out with friends and play in the creek.

He hasn’t had any problems in the area, but he said a friend of his has.

“This random guy came out here and took his bags while he was in the water, jump this homeless guy, I don’t remember who he was, just this homeless guy walking around,” Coleman said.

According to police, someone along the Miner’s Ravine bike trail told another trail user that they thought they saw a body in the marshy area by the creek. That second person called officers around 8:40 Wednesday morning.

The report led investigators to find the mostly skeletal remains of an adult in a spot just a few hundred yards from a busy 24 Hour Fitness.

Khalil Curtis goes to the gym all the time.

He said it makes him think differently about coming to the parking lot.

“Yeah, maybe at nighttime, not wanna walk around to the car or something,” Curtis said.

Police said Friday the remains were identified as 32-year-old Samuel Dee Stratton-Brooks, a Roseville man who was homeless and reported missing since May 3. He had been considered at-risk due to a developmental disability.

How the man died was not immediately known, but investigators say there was “no obvious cause.”