Rumors and Follow up: From a Body in Fortuna to the Human Remains Found in Hoopa
Readers often have questions about stories. They ask us 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 four stories we think you might want to know more about:
Rumors of a Body Found Near Riverwalk/101 Offramp Near Fortuna: a reader contacted me with a rumor on social media that a body had been located in the Fortuna area today. Large number of law enforcement were gathered near the 101 Offramp and Riverwalk, according to one source. Fortuna Police told us that there was no body found. Law enforcement had been in the transient camps there.
The Human Remains Found Near Hoopa: On January 28th, human remains found on Redwood Grove Road near Hoopa were reported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The remains are extremely decomposed, according to Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart. He said that his department sent off samples and suggested possible matches to the Department of Justice. “It is going to be a DNA show,” he explained. (See here for earlier story.)
Possible Arson Behind Bayshore Mall: Around 11 p.m. on February 6, a caller told 911 that someone or someones were attempting to set homeless camps aflame. A fire was found but one engine was able to deal with the incident. According to Brittany Powell, spokesperson for the Eureka Police Department,
Officers responded and contacted several people who had been camping in the vicinity of the fire. Nobody saw how the fire started and no one suggested that it might have been intentionally set. Officers attempted to contact the caller but there was no answer and the voicemail box was full. The caller did not leave a name. Humboldt Bay Fire did not find anything suspicious in the fire that would suggest it was intentionally set.
Woman Assaulted in Garberville: A woman reported being assaulted around 11:15 p.m. on February 6 in Garberville. According to Sgt. Jesse Taylor of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, when officers interviewed witnesses, the woman had gotten intoxicated, then tripped and fell receiving facial injuries.