A Hiker discovers human bone using a surgical plate made of metal and helps solve the case for missing persons: Police believe that it comes from 55 year-old man with mental illness who went missing in 2013.

  • A long-unsolved missing persons case was cracked after three separate hikers found bones scattered  across a nearby mountainside
  • Christopher Cash (55) was reported missing August 1, 2013, he was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia. Police said that he hadn’t been taking his medication. 
  • His remains were discovered last Sunday. A hiker took a video to TikTok of the bone found. 
  • Tad Thornton originally thought it was the bones of a pet, as the metal plate that was attached to the joint suggested otherwise.
  • The plate helped to tie the bone to Cash. Cash was fitted with the same kind of hardware in 2011. A medical examiner stated that this is what the plate did.
  • The bones are believed to have been left behind by pets. Police say they cannot provide any information about the cause.  










Last Sunday, three hikers found bones on a Nevada mountainside. These bones were discovered over three years by the three separate hikers.    

After the Carson City Police Department had announced the identification of Christopher Cash’s remains, Tad Thornton was one of the hikers who took to TikTok. 

Thornton first noticed a bone with metal hardware at its joint, November 23rd last year. He thought it was someone’s pet who had undergone some kind of surgery. 

In his Friday video, Thornton detailed his discovered of the human bone on November 23, 2020 (pictured)

Thornton outlined his discovery of the human bone in his Friday video (photo: Thornton).

Christopher Cash, 55, (pictured) was reported missing on August 1, 2013. He suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and police said at the time that he had not been taking his medication

Tad Thornton (pictured) took to TikTok on Friday when he discovered that the bone he found helped lead investigators to cracking the long-unsolved disappearance of the Carson City man

Christopher Cash, 55 (pictured left), was reported missing in August 2013. Police said that Christopher Cash, 55, had paranoid schizophrenia and was reported missing on August 1. Tad Thornton, right) went to TikTok when he discovered that 2020 was the key to solving the Carson City man’s disappearance.

Thornton, however, stated in his Friday video that he later discovered it was a ‘totally different thing. [was]real human bone. This bone solved the case of a missing person. Thornton also found that the metal plate attached the bone Thornton had been a critical element.

Cash disappeared on August 1, 2013. Cash was an established fixture of Carson City. He could often be seen strolling its streets or ordering coffee from Denny’s. 

The city’s police said he had stopped taking his medication, and were unable to locate him although they had investigated a number of leads, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. 

His death is not known, but his bones were believed to be scattered by other animals.  

An unidentified hiker found a horrifying skull on the 29th of January 2019, in an area high above Centennial Park. The victim had no obvious signs of trauma and the medical examiner did not find any other bones.  

Thornton discovered his grisly discovery in 2020 on February 27th. A third hiker who was not identified found bones within a ravine just two miles away from where the skull was located. 

When Thornton and his dogs initially happened upon a bone with metal hardware affixed to its joint on November 23 of last year, he thought it was 'someone's pet's bone that had some surgery done to it'

Thornton first noticed a bone that was attached to its joint with metal hardware on November 23, last year. He thought it might be a pet bone, but it had been resected.

After the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner¿s Officer said that the metal plate (pictured) was the same type that Cash was outfitted with in 2011, his sibling supplied some of their DNA for testing, which solidified the identification

After the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Officer said that the metal plate (pictured) was the same type that Cash was outfitted with in 2011, his sibling supplied some of their DNA for testing, which solidified the identification

The Carson City Search and Rescue Unit, detectives and an animal remains detection K9 discovered more bones within the ravine and at other locations. Officials assumed that the remains were scattered by animals.  

After the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Officer said that the metal plate was the same type that Cash was outfitted with in 2011, his sibling supplied some of their DNA for testing, which solidified the identification.

‘Now his family has had a bit closure and I’m happy to have been the one to help,’ Thornton said in his video. 

While police said that there weren’t any indications of foul play in his death, they didn’t believe he had a vehicle. They also couldn’t determine how he arrived at the remote mountainside north of the city.

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