Body Found in Burning, Bullet-Riddled Van Identified as Eureka Man, Says Daughter
The body found in a burning van November 24 in a pullout on Hwy 1 a few miles west of Leggett was that of missing Eureka man, Frank Pinckney, his daughter Jasmine Barreto said today.
“They matched dental records and confirmed,” she told us. “I was notified Thursday.”
A witness saw a white male about 180 pounds wearing a white jumpsuit with logging boots fleeing the scene. “His leg was on fire,” Jamie Rennie, the witness told us. “He was patting his leg and jumping around…He was yelling incoherently and ran around to the back of the vehicle.” After that, Rennie lost track of the man.The van was later discovered to have a body in it and have multiple bullet holes. A gun was located under where the vehicle originally began burning. The van later rolled across the road, over the edge and into a tree.
In a GoFundMe, Barreto said her “father Frank was a good, kind, selfless and loving man. He touched so many people through the years. Its been an honor to talk with so many of his friends about fun stories and memories.”Barreto explained in the post, “As I’ve been sorting through the pieces of what’s left of my father’s life…its been a struggle to get everything done. I know many people have asked to help and donating is the perfect way.” She wrote, “I will be using the funds to pack and move his belongings, put together his services and anything else that may need to be taken care of.”
If anyone would like to help, click here for the GoFundMe.
“I loved him so fiercely and I know so many of you did as well,” Barreto wrote. “As Frank would say, “Love and light.”
Note: There is another missing man in a white van from McKinleyville. Please don’t confuse the cases. As far as we know these are unrelated.
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