[UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: Body Has Been Located] Male Body Reportedly Found Decomposing in the River Near Fortuna, Says Sheriff’s Department
At 11:48 this morning, law enforcement received a report of a body in the
Eel River near Fortuna, according to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. A report from a witness puts the body as being found west of the Hwy 36 interchange with 101 but that has not been officially confirmed.
Karges said personnel are “still trying to retrieve the body. It is in an area that is inaccessible.” Karges said that this is a “
female body in the water…It seems the body has been there for awhile. It was decomposing.”
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: According to Karges, she misunderstood. The body has not yet been located. She told us,
I just heard back from our sergeant on scene at the Eel/Van Duzen. Our deputies have not yet located the body. They are still trying to find it. The information I gave you is what was reported to our dispatch center by the reporting party.
UPDATE 4:24 p.m.: A body has been located, Karges tells us. She will update with more information when she can.
UPDATE 8:34 p.m.: According to Karges, a deputy Coroner has confirmed the body is male. (This is different than what was originally reported.
No foul play suspected at this point, however an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Body was recovered on the south side riverbank of the Van Duzen River 1000ft upstream from the mouth of the river. The body was reported to our emergency communications center by a fisherman in the area. We were able to retrieve the body via boat.
UPDATE Tuesday: Fisherman Locates Body Near Van Duzen Bridge
NOTE: The title of the story has been changed to reflect the information released by a Deputy Coroner.