Massachusetts Man Identified After Being Found Deceased Near Garberville Cliff

Man wading river

A Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy wades the South Fork of the Eel River to reach the area where a body was found Saturday. [Photo by Bobby Kroeker]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at about 1548 hours, The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a deceased male on the river bank of the South Fork of the Eel River. The body was located at the base of a cliff between the Sprowel Creek Bridge and the Bear Canyon Bridge in Garberville. No foul play is suspected at this time. The victim’s injuries are consistent with a fall and an autopsy has been scheduled.

The deceased subject has been positively identified as Eric Christian Mineau, age 44, of Pittsfield, MA.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Earlier Chapter: Body Found Near Garberville in Eel River



  • How sad, condolences to the family and friends. So much of this in our County 🙁

  • Its a sad ending to a short life.
    E has more mug shots on line than the avg guy.
    Can only imagine he was battling demons for the last few years. RIP man.

    • I really enjoy your judgement free perspective on his criminal past. Very intuitive and caring!!!!! RIP Eric.

      • Thank you for defending this man. He was a great and happy guy, and yes…he was troubled, but that doesn’t have anything to do with his fall!

  • In earlier reports some of the commenters were saying that he was shot in the back twice by what the witnesses said when they found the body but being shot in the back twice is considered non Foul Play in Humboldt County

  • Probably puncture wounds from the fall, not gunshots.

  • Any way RIP.condolence to his love ones.also very good points Mr pen .That’s most likely what happened thanx

  • Another lost soul in HUMBOLDT. The cliffs around here are for sure treacherous if your not familiar with the terrain. My heartfelt condolences to his family.🕊

  • Poor guy died on vacation, probably. Hell of a way for it to end and bad for his family who were waiting at home for him. RIP Eric.

    • I just looked on LOCO and saw a link to several mugshots of Eric that were posted. So he wasn’t on vacation, but it’s still so sad. Someone somewhere cares about him and will be devastated.

  • Its pretty easy to slip off those cliff edges, especially with soggy slippery ground. The river is pretty intense rite now as well, who knows if he fell there or upriver.
    Not everything that happens here is a result of foul play, tho fear mongerers like to make it sound like it is. (ie john chiv).
    RIP, condolences to the family and friends. No matter his societal wrung, im sure he was loved.

  • Kimberly Zuller

    My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting him. He was a really nice and decent guy regardless of mushots. This is very sad.

  • I love how you people want to keep going to oh he had mug shots he was also a father of 3 and a grandfather of 2 as I am the oldest daughter so please keep your comments to your self he was a amazing man who sadly chose the wrong path in life he was loved by many and a very loving and caring man

    • Our hearts are with you courtney. Eric was like family to us. Your dad was clean and getting better. I would tell you more, but this is too public.

    • I hear you Courtney. I am very sorry for your loss. May your Dear Father rest in peace and know your love forever.

  • A troubled past and mugshots are irrelevant. He had a big heart and a smile that could brighten even the worst day. I met Eric in 2008 while going through a tough time myself. We became close friends almost instantly and spent a summer together adventuring Massachusetts and Vermont, but life had other plans for us and soon after he went out west and we lost touch. I was so sad to hear this news. Condolences to his family. I know he loved his children very much. I heard of them often. Fly high Eric. RIP ❤ I’ll cherish the memories.

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