The Orland man whose remains were found near Walker Ridge in Colusa County was a suspect in a high-speed pursuit in Corning that happened in January. 

Brandon Dawson, 26, disappeared under suspicious circumstances from his residence in rural Orland the morning of March 8, according to a press release from the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office. He was reported missing on March 10 and the investigation was turned over to detectives, who received tips from several sources, according to the press release.

It was alleged that Dawson had a dispute with several people concerning illegal drugs and that he had been murdered and his body dumped in a wilderness area in Colusa County.

Cadaver dogs located remains and they were identified as Dawson.

Investigators upgraded the missing person case to a homicide on April 19. 

Dawson was alleged to be the driver in a high-speed pursuit in Corning in January, according to the Corning Police Department. 

According to archives, a police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on the Nissan that Dawson was reportedly driving on Highway 99W at South Avenue on Jan. 14. However, the driver of the Nissan refused to stop and instead took off at a high rate of speed. 

Dawson allegedly sped through town for nearly three miles before he jumped from the still moving vehicle and ran way on the 1000 block of Fifth Avenue. 

The police were unsuccessful in locating him at the time but filed charges and issued a warrant for his arrest, according to archives.

During a search of the vehicle, officers said they located several pounds of marijuana and a methamphetamine pipe.

The only passenger in the vehicle, Alexander Michael Lemire, 29, of Oroville was arrested without incident on suspicion of transportation of marijuana for purpose of sales and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. 

An investigation into Dawson’s death is ongoing. 

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