[UPDATE 11:47 a.m.] Body Found in Eel River; Detectives Called
The body of a male was discovered at least partially submerged in the Eel River near the Bear Canyon Bridge near Garberville, confirmed Sgt. Jesse Taylor of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. About 5:30 p.m. yesterday, law enforcement responded to a report of a man in the water and soon discovered the man was deceased. The body was “somewhat decomposed,” Taylor explained. The death occurred “at least a few days ago.”
At this time, it hasn’t been determined whether a crime was committed or not. “Due to some of the injuries on the deceased, detectives were called out and a search warrant was obtained,” Taylor said. Then he went on to explain that the cliffs are quite steep near there. “It could be just a fall.”
UPDATE 11:47 a.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at about 5:26 p.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to Bear Canyon Bridge near Garberville for a report of a dead body in the Eel River.
Upon arrival, deputies located a white male adult face down in the river. Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. The decedent’s identity is unknown at this time. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.