Panther Gap Man Found Dead Over a Cliff; Multiple Agencies Assist With Recovery

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Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue

Last night, a man was found over a cliff dead in a rugged area of Panther Gap by a family member. Multiple agencies responded to the scene to recover his body.

Diana Totten, a spokesperson for Southern Humboldt County Technical Rescue Team, told us, “At approximately 10:20, we were called to a fall victim off a cliff in the Panther Gap area. Cal Fire, Redcrest Volunteer Fire, Eel River Valley Technical Rescue, and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue responded.The first fire fighters on scene were able to determine he was deceased.”

Totten said that both the technical rescue teams were asked to continue into the area to bring the deceased man up the steep terrain. “We set up rope systems and were able to remove the body,” she explained. “We were able to bring him up the mountain up to where the coroner was.”

Totten said that evidence at the scene does not suggest foul play. However, the Sheriff’s Department is investigating.




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