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Lacefield was reported missing in May, according to The Sacramento Bee.
He was considered at risk because he was a diagnosed schizophrenic, was not in possession of his medication and could be suicidal, according to a June 5 statement from the Elk Grove Police Department.
Lacefield’s cause of death is listed as multiple fractures due to blunt force trauma. Authorities believe Lacefield sustained the injuries after driving off the highway.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether the crash was accidental or intentional, Van Arnum said.
CHP spokesman Jeff Gartner did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.
It’s unknown when the crash happened. Lacefield’s state of decomposition was consistent with the crash happening about the same time he was reported missing, according to Van Arnum. Dental records were used to identify him.