Cause of death determined for body found in Scott vehicle

The cause of death has been released for the body found in a car belonging to missing Wilseyville resident Shannon Scott, which was discovered on the side of State Route 16 in Amador County on April 8.

The Amador County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the cause of death is “blunt impact neck and thoracic injuries,” that would coincide with a vehicle accident, and it is being ruled as accidental.   

Scott has been missing since Aug. 29, 2018, and was reported missing by his daughter, Shaylee Scott, two days later.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the human remains discovered in the vehicle, and the body will still be referred to as “John Doe” until the Department of Justice in Sacramento completes DNA testing.

Scott was traveling to a medical appointment at the Sacramento Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, taking his usual route, but he never arrived, authorities reported at the time.

A Silver Alert was issued for Scott’s vehicle, a 2014 white Fiat, in addition to a search of his residence, an aerial search of the route he would have traveled, and an investigation into the location and activity from Scott’s cell phone.

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