[UPDATE 10:45 a.m.] Body Found Near Whitethorn Confirmed to Be Missing Man
Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the body of Scott Fitzgerald was found near Whitethorn yesterday. The man had been reported missing. His dog and vehicle were found near Whitethorn.
Scanner traffic indicates that the body was reported about 2 p.m.
A witness said that south of Whitethorn a large group of law enforcement vehicles, fire engines and other agency vehicles were seen near the Mattole River in the afternoon. We believe the two incidents are related.
UPDATE 10:45 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
On 08-13-2015 at 1:55 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call from a citizen, regarding a deceased subject they had found off the Briceland- Whitethorn Road. Deputies arrived on scene at 2:45 p.m. about spoke to the citizens, who found the deceased subject. They reported they work as fish biologists and had discovered the deceased body in a creek about 50 yards to the west of the Whitethorn Road.
Deputies then walked down to the scene, which was about ½ miles to the north of the Mendocino/ Humboldt County line. The decomposing body was lying in the creek bed and it appeared that the human remains had been there for a while.
The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and took possession of the body. The body was later identified through tattoos and identification located in the pants pocket as the missing person, 44 year old Scott Joseph Fitzgerald.
An autopsy is pending for exact cause of death.