[UPDATE 3:24 p.m.] Man Found Dead by Pedestrian Near Indianola Cutoff

Death investigation, coroner, sheriff HumboldtAround 1 p.m. on Monday, a pedestrian walking in the area of the Indianola Cutoff located a body and flagged down a California Highway Patrol officer, according to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department.

Karges said that a Deputy Coroner was called to the scene and found the body of a male who is approximately 61-years-old. “Foul play is not suspected,” Karges explained. “An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.”

UPDATE 3:24 p.m.: Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department:

On March 19, 2018, at about 1 p.m., a pedestrian in the area of northbound Highway 101 and the Indianola Cutoff located a male body in the brush along the highway.

The male is believed to have been in his early 60’s. Foul play is not suspected.

The male’s identity is still under investigation. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, March 23.



  • Sad to say transient probably over dosed.flopped over in the brush .another Humboldt drug infested casualty

    • Sleeping outside at that age in such cold damp weather is enough to kill a person. Try sleeping outside wet when it is 50 degrees and see how you do…then try it in the 30s for a week. Drugs are not necessary and not all transients do drugs.

  • A dear friend of our’s son was hit near there while riding in the bike lane and he ended up in the ditch and severely injured. The driver did not stop. Thankfully the teen survived. Assuming the deceased in the article above overdosed is sadly not too far a stretch. Hopefully he is easily identified and his family is found. Rest In Peace dear sir.

    • Do you realize there are many homeless over 50 who worked hard their whole lives only to loose everything due to illness, the economic “Downturn” or other causes beyond their control? That he overdosed is the assumption made by those too comfortable to know what it is like to sleep outside in the cold wet, especially if your are over 50 and it is an assumption made by those too comfortable to know how difficult jobs are to find after 50 and how with age people can become exhausted and despairing due to one too many hardships. Show some compassion for the elderly.

  • I drove by right when the ambulance got there. I saw a bike on the ground and thought someone may have gotten hit. I did not see a person. How sad.

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