Autopsy Was Unable to Determine Whether Owner of Cannabis Extract Business Was Dead Before Semi Hit Him
Multiple bullets ripped into Salvatore Riccobono, IV before he was struck by a semi on Hwy 101 near Salmon Creek on April 23. The bullets caused his death, according to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. However, she said, Riccobono’s body was “found to have injuries consistent with a motor vehicle accident also.”
But, at this time, Karges said that it is unknown whether the gunshot wounds caused his death before he was struck by the vehicle. It is also possible that he was still alive when struck. “We cannot determine if he was dead when he was hit,” she said. However, she added, “The truck driver said he was in the road and there wasn’t [any] movement.”
Riccobono’s 1998 Gold Infinity SUV and a 9mm pistol he was known to carry were missing after he was found dead and they were the subject of a search by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. On Friday midmorning, Karges said, “We found the vehicle thanks to a citizen’s tip.” It was located in Eureka in the area that is in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s jurisdiction, she explained. No arrests have been made in connection with the vehicle.
Riccobono, who recently had been living in Humboldt County, was from the Concord area and was listed as living in nearby Albany when he attended Diablo Valley College from 2008-2010.
He is listed as having been arrested in Emeryville on December 4 of 2017 on a warrant related to narcotics possession. And on the 19th of April, 4 days before his death, Riccobono had been stopped by the California Highway Patrol near Garberville and issued a ticket for driving with an expired license and not wearing a seatbelt.
His LinkedIn account listed him as the owner of NorCal Extracts. (See photo above). A tweet from Norcalextracts in January of 2016 from Salvatore Riccobono states he is a lab technician and that he did CO2 extraction. The included photo shows an example of cannabis extract. See below.
— Salvatore riccobono (@Norcalextracts) January 8, 2016
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