[UPDATE 2:37 p.m.] Multiple Reports of a Body on Bell Springs Road This Morning
According to multiple first-hand reports from witnesses, a body is lying on Bell Springs Road “within a mile of Alderpoint Road.” One witness described seeing a black male lying in the road uncovered with a number of law enforcement officers at the scene. Another witness described the man as Latino. Reports place the body there by at least 9:30 a.m.
One woman reported seeing,
[T]wo sheriff cars with two sheriffs standing by them with yellow tape around the north(Going towards Garberville) bound lane and a yellow sheet over what looked to be the shape of a body. On Bell Springs Rd near the junction with Alderpoint Rd. Just out of the north end of Spruce Grove with the little barn above.
The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office was reported to be there by a later witness.
Please remember that information gathered from initial reports is subject to revision as more facts become available.
Note: Another witness’s information was added to the original report just before 2 p.m.
UPDATE 2:24 p.m.: Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office called in on a day off to tell us that the officers at the scene had not yet determined if this was “a traffic accident or a body dump.”
Officers are investigating and an autopsy will be done when it can be scheduled.