Human Remains Found In Humboldt County In 1968 Identified As WW2 Veteran

A human skull that was found in 1968 near Berry Summit in Humboldt County has been identified as a World War 2 veteran and Korean War veteran thanks to advances in DNA testing. The skull was found by some teenagers playing on a pile of rocks in April of 1968, but it was unable to be identified. Authorities searched the area and found more remains that were eventually sent the FBI in Washington D.C. for identification. The FBI was unable to positively ID the victim and the remains were buried in Humboldt County in June of 1968. The case went cold until 2010 when the State Department of Justice began requiring DNA samples from unidentified human remains. The DNA was entered into a database and in August of 2023 the remains were matched to William Melvin Toller who was born in 1927. Investigators obtained a DNA sample from a possible child in Louisiana who confirmed she had a father name William Toller who she had lost contact with when she was 8-years-old. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is now asking for anyone with information on Mr. Toller, and his last known activities or whereabouts prior to his death to contact investigators.