On 04-30-2015 at about 3:30 a.m. David Dwayne Ganfield succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased at a hospital in Shasta County. Ganfield’s body will be transported back to Humboldt County today by the Coroner’s Office. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This is the 5th homicide in the County of Humboldt since January.
On 04-28-2015 at about 11:45 p.m. a Humboldt County Sheriff Deputy responded to Mad River Hospital in Arcata, regarding a male assault victim who was dropped off at the emergency room by an acquaintance. The male victim appeared to have head trauma and was unconscious. The victim had no identification on his person and the acquaintance had left the emergency room prior to telling the medical staff the victim’s name.
The deputy at the hospital took a photograph of the victim and was able to identify him through a law enforcement database as David Dwayne Ganfield age 36 from McKinleyville. Due to Ganfield’s injuries he was transported to a trauma hospital in Redding. Ganfield is in the intensive care unit and is critical condition.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help for any witnesses who may knowledge on what or who caused Ganfield’s injuries. Also where he was at when he received the injuries to his head.
The investigation has been turned over to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Investigator Greg Musson at 268-3643.
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.