McArthur man, 27, ID’d after found deceased under Burney Creek Bridge

UPDATED: Tuesday, Dec. 14, 7:01 p.m.

See Original Story below.

BURNEY, Calif., — Authorities have identified an Intermountain area man whose lifeless body was found under the Burney Creek Bridge last Wednesday morning, Dec. 8.

As reported by SCNS at the time, the man’s body was discovered under the bridge, near the intersection of Main and Butte streets.


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In a telephone interview with SCNS earlier this week, Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Estes confirmed that a death investigation was underway, but declined to specify the nature of the man’s passing or to provide any other details regarding the death investigation.

He also said there was no threat to public safety and that other than the victim’s name, no further information would be released.

Today, the Shasta County Coroner’s Office identified 27-year-old Nathaniel Aaron Rotan as the person whose body was discovered.

In a related release, Chief Deputy Coroner Lieutenant Stonehouse said a postmortem examination has already been completed and that Rotan’s family has been notified.

The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with information they feel is relevant to the victim’s passing is encouraged to contact SHASCOM at (530) 245-6540. Callers can refer to incident file number 21S039438 and can remain anonymous.

Original Story: UPDATED: Death investigation continuing after man found deceased under Burney bridge

BURNEY, Calif., — Although few details have been released, authorities today confirmed to SCNS that a death investigation is continuing after a man’s lifeless body was found under a bridge in the Intermountain area town of Burney Wednesday morning, Dec 8.

The discovery was made in the area of Main and Butte streets, according to official radio traffic at the time and area residents who saw the law enforcement activity in their neighborhood.


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Deputies from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Burney Station who were summoned to the scene around 9 a.m. soon confirmed finding a deceased subject under the bridge, at which time the area was secured as a potential crime scene and additional resources were summoned to the location.

In a telephone call this morning, Shasta County Sheriff’s Sergeant Tim Estes confirmed that a death investigation was underway, but explained that due to the early nature of the investigation and the circumstances of the person’s death, no further information could be released.

“I can tell you that there is no threat to the public and our investigation is ongoing,” the sergeant reported; adding that the person’s name would be released by the Coroner’s Office after the man’s family had been notified.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.