No Foul Play Suspected in Death of Transient Woman Near Garberville
The Humboldt County Coroner, Ernie Stewart, says that at approximately 5:30 p.m. yesterday, a woman was reported as being unresponsive in a transient camp near Alderpoint Road and the Bear Creek Bridge. When emergency personnel arrived on scene, the 45-year-old woman was determined to be deceased.
Though the woman is known to law enforcement, her identity is not being released until her next of kin is notified.
“There is no sign of foul play,” Stewart said. However, a blood sample was taken for toxicology reports. Stewart said at this point, his office does not know what is the cause of death.
When asked about how busy his office has been lately, Stewart said that there has been a recent upswing in drug and alcohol related deaths. Fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone and hydrocodone have been particularly prevalent.
“This county has a serious drug and alcohol problem,” Stewart explained. He described the problem as affecting individuals across a spectrum of ages. “Drugs are widely known and accepted in this area,” he pointed out.