Body Found on Manila Beach Was a Young Male, Says Sheriff’s Office

Humboldt County Sheriff badgePress release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office about the body found yesterday near the Ma-la’l dunes (See earlier story here):

On Monday, December 26, 2016 at around 9:35 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a phone call from a hiker who stated she had located a deceased person on the wave slope about a 30 minute walk north of Ma-le’l Dunes in Manila.  Deputies arrived on scene and determined that due to the decedent’s location, special equipment would be needed.  The H.C.S.O. Beach Deputy was called to respond with the needed equipment.

Upon arrival at the location, deputies located a deceased male on the wave slope.  The decedent is a male who appeared to be possibly 25-30 years of age, 120-140 pounds, with red or brown hair, and a tattoo on his right arm.  Deputies investigated the decedent and the area around, and did not locate anything that indicated foul play.  The Coroner was called and took possession of the decedent.  The case is currently under investigation by the Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251, or the Crime Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.



  • Sorry for loved ones..may his spirit fly free

  • Hate to say it,but it’s probably a overdose

    • Someone true to his family

      It sure as hell wasnt an overdose. He was an alcoholic!! That’s it!! Other than that, he was a kind hearted man!! Oh how I wish I would of seen this when Austin was discovered! You didn’t know him like we did. He had problems. Everyone does! Death of this nature & the months his mother longed to find him. Alive! Shame on you!! Just shame on you

      • Please try not to take the above comment personally. There are a lot of drug deaths in this area and I’m afraid that we’ve become somewhat jaded. That particular commenter is on here frequently and and is not a heartless person. It was just speculation,I’m sure. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Still waiting to hear hear the real name of this place

  • i look after a homeless kid that helped me a few years back… know he moved out to the dunes and haven’t heard from him for awhile. worried that this may be him. love and light to whomever this was that lost their life♡

  • It would help if the PD would give us a picture of the person, or at least tell us what the tattoo looked like. No one could tell who this person is from the info given, just like when they asked for info about the man that died in jail (his name was so generic that it was useless. He was in jail; why not post the mugshot along with the request?) Just a thought.

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