Updates: Some Answers and Some Unexplained Mysteries from the Naked Man to the Whodunit Homicide
Readers often have questions about stories–What happened next? Or they wonder about incidents that never get written up–What happened over there? Sometimes we get answers that aren’t really an entire story but are of interest to us and, we believe, to our readers. Sooo, here’s a short recap of what we think you might want to know:
- What happened to the naked man? On July 17, a confused man fled from the Eureka Police Department (EPD) into the Humboldt Bay. The Sheriff’s Department boat arrived to rescue him from where he perched on a piling.
According to EPD spokesperson, Brittany Powell, the man was taken to the hospital. He was found to have “underlying medical issues” unrelated to mental health. Powell says that as of yesterday, she believes, “he is still in the hospital.”
- What were all the Humboldt County sheriff’s vehicles doing over the weekend in the Blue Slide area north of Rio Dell? Lt. Wayne Hanson explained that officers were investigating the area where a skull belonging to missing woman Danielle Bertolini had been found. “We were conducting follow up looking for any possible human remains on the river bar,” he explained. “We did not locate anything of value.”
- Did anything ever come of the countywide BOLO for a female possibly being kidnapped in Eureka? On July 19, the EPD received two separate 911 calls reporting a woman screaming as she was pulled into the vehicle near the cross of California and West Del Norte Street.Brittany Powell, spokesperson for the EPD stated that there were no new developments in the case. She explained that officers had tried hard to find the possible victim. “[A]ll available units searched the area, talked to witnesses, [and] did field interviews with any vehicle matching the possible descriptions,” she said. But, Powell explained, conflicting descriptions complicated search efforts. “One witness described the vehicle as white and another described it as black,” she pointed out.
- If the Weitchpec raids (aka Operation Yurok) were really over last week, what’s up with the helicopter and law enforcement still in the area this week? According to spokesperson for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yurok Tribe’s Facebook page, the actual raids are completed. Cleanup of environmental damage on public or tribal land continues though. “This week, law enforcement officers from the Yurok Public Safety Department, California National Guard Counterdrug Unit and BIA will be dismantling water diversion systems and remediating environmental damage at several sites,” explained the Tribe’s Facebook page.
- Are there any new developments in the homicide of Casey Joseph Campbell? Just before 4 a.m. on November 15 of last year, the EPD responded to reports of gunfire on 15th Street. Officers found the 22-year-old Campbell lying in the street. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. Chief Andrew Mills later called the homicide a whodunit. And, unfortunately, Brittany Powell tells us that while the case is still an active investigation, there is “[n]o new information to release at this time.” Sometimes, we just like to know that a death hasn’t been forgotten. We like to know that the whodunit still has a chance of being solved and that a murderer might get caught.