[UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: Death Likely Accidental] Body Found Near Garberville in Eel River
Two women inner tubing on the Eel River discovered a body alongside the Eel River. Stephani Swinger and Adrienne Griffith said they saw the man about 4 p.m. near Garberville as they were floating beside steep cliffs.
Swinger said the man was laying on his side at kind of an odd angle with his right arm extended and there was a backpack near him. At first, they hoped he was just asleep so they called out to him to wake up. “There was no response,” Swinger said so she kept moving closer. “I kept looking for breathing but there wasn’t any….The body was swollen. There were flies around the eyes and mouth.”
Swinger said she saw what she thought might be two wounds in his back. “It looked like he had been shot twice,” she said. “They were two identical puncture wounds.” (We want to caution this is her opinion, not an official report.)
At that point, Griffith said she called for law enforcement help.
Members of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office are now at the scene. We have requested more information.
UPDATE 10:48 p.m.: According to Lt. Ken Swithenbank, the death appears to be accidental at this point.Note: In August of 2016, a body was found very close to where this body has been discovered.