Alderpoint Man Died From ‘Asphyxia by Neck Compression’
The death of a Southern Humboldt man whose body was found near Alderpoint Road has been ruled a homicide–Humboldt’s first homicide of 2016. Hugh Duggins who was well-loved in his community was found dead January 12.
At first, the remote area and winter season raised questions about why Duggins would be found without a vehicle out of comfortable walking distance from his home. However, the autopsy seemed to reveal nothing indicating a criminal reason for his death. But, Humboldt County Deputy Coroner Trevor Enright said, some signs sent the pathologist searching for more clues. Enright can’t reveal what the signs were but he was able to say that Duggins appears to have died from “asphyxia by neck compression.”
Enright wouldn’t speculate but throttling with the hands or using some kind of ligature (cord/rope) can cause this kind of death.
If anyone has any information about this death, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.
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