Missing since 2014, man’s remains identified after discovered at Redding construction site

REDDING, Calif., — Authorities have released the name of a local man whose remains were discovered at a construction site in Redding late last year. SCNS has since learned that the man had been reported as a missing and endangered person nearly eight years ago.

The bones were discovered at the future Costco site by Native American Archeological Monitors who had been contracted and assigned to the South Bechelli Lane commercial development project, which includes construction for the big-box retailer.


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City of Redding Police Department and Shasta County Coroner’s Office officials began an investigation after the human remains were discovered. They later requested assistance from the Chico State University’s Anthropology Department, who assisted officials in searching the construction site for additional remains.

“At the time, the decedent’s identity was unknown and pending further investigation,” Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lieutenant Stonehouse has since reported.

As the Coroner’s investigation continued, the found remains were determined to be that of 44-year-old, Nathaniel Kyle Lacey, of Redding.

Although attempts to contact the victim’s family and local law enforcement for further information about the victim were unsuccessful, SCNS has since learned that Lacey was reported as a missing and endangered person on June 7, 2014.

According to the Charley Project, a private organization that profiles more than 15,000 cold case missing persons throughout the United States, Lacey – who suffered from depression – was last seen at a Redding gas station. He was never seen or heard from again.

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The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem examination has been completed, according to Stonehouse; who said the case remains under investigation by the Redding Police Department and Shasta County Coroner’s Office.

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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.