Vehicle Used to Dump Deceased Man Near Hospital Caught on Security Cameras
A little after 2 a.m. on March 28, a security guard for the Southern Humboldt Community Hospital District discovered a deceased man, 55-year-old Christopher Duke from the Garberville/Redway area, at the foot of an emergency ramp.
The person or persons who left him there “tucked him into a very dark corner,” explained Kent Scown Chief Operating Officer for the Hospital District and Chief of the Garberville Fire Protection District. The streetlight in that area is out.
Scown said that a security camera captured the vehicle which brought the deceased’s body. Around midnight, he said, a car drove up to the emergency room. “Their lights go off as they go around the building….They literally pull up to the side of the building and creep around….They did as stealth of a drop off as they can do.” After the car backed out, the lights went back on and the vehicle drove away.
However, Scown said that he doesn’t believe that the occupant(s) were trying to conceal having harmed the deceased. “Based upon the possessions that were left upon the man, it doesn’t look like this was a sinister act,” he said.
Deputy Coroner Trevor Enright agreed, “The belongings that were left alongside the body included money, boots and his jacket and a pint of whiskey.”
Nonetheless, Scown said, “It is a little disconcerting that people are dumping a body…I’ve seen dead people brought here but I’ve never seen the leaving of a corpse without notifying anybody.”
An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 30.