Lockwood Valley’s “John Doe” identified 37 years after body found

  • Photo by Valerie Norton

    Photo by Valerie Norton

By Gary Meyer, TME

In November of 1987, the body of an unidentified man was found in Dome Springs Canyon about 8 miles west-northwest of the Ventura County Sheriff’s substation, north of Lockwood Valley Road.

The canyon became the subject of controversy beginning on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2008, when, according to an article in The Mountain Enterprise, Cuddy Valley resident “Terry Brennan was working on his tractor…when he ‘backed up and saw it sitting on the dirt. It was about five or 10 feet away from the tractor.’ He had nearly run over an unexploded artillery round. Now the USFS says they have learned that Dry Canyon in Lockwood Valley was used during World War II for testing…(please see below to view full stories and photographs)

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Above: Dry Canyon (Dome Springs) in Lockwood Valley about 10 years ago; (Inset at right): Russell Alexander Stewart, likely in the late 1950s.

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