Body found in Potter Valley motor home fire

Efforts are underway to identify the body, believed to be a man staying at the residence, according to authorities.|

Firefighters extinguishing a burning Potter Valley recreational vehicle Monday found a body inside, according to a Mendocino County sheriff’s official.

Officials believe it was a man who’d been staying in the RV on Westside Potter Valley Road but because the body was burned, efforts are underway to gain official identification, sheriff’s Lt. Shannon Barney said Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to the blaze about 4:30 a.m. The cause remained under investigation, Barney said.

Potter Valley firefighters found the RV engulfed in flames and because it was before dawn, feared someone could be inside, Potter Valley volunteer fire Capt. Frost Pauli said Tuesday in an email.

Firefighters put out the flames and found the body, then worked carefully to finish mopping up without disturbing the scene for sheriff’s detectives, Pauli said.

- Randi Rossmann

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