The Humboldt County Coroner’s Office has positively identified the body found along Alderpoint Rd on January 21, 2016 as 71 year old Hugh Duggins of Alderpoint, CA. At autopsy, forensic pathology found no evidence of decedent dying from causes criminal in nature. The cause and manner of death are pending toxicology and histology.
Update #1: (1/26/16)
On 01/21/16, at approximately 1016 hours, Humboldt County Sheriff Garberville substation was notified by a passerby of a deceased person roadside in the area of Alderpoint Rd., Garberville. Subsequently, Sheriff Patrol Deputies confirmed a deceased unidentified male.
Sheriff CID and Coroner Units responded and processed the scene. Sheriff Coroner took possession of unidentified male and conducted a forensic autopsy. This death is an active, on-going investigation.
The decedent has been positively identified by the Coroner’s Office as a 71 year old Alderpoint resident. His name will be released after next of kin has been notified.
On Thursday, January 21, 2016 at about 10:15 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible dead body along the 7000 block of Alderpoint Road, Garberville. The reporting party was walking their dog when they noticed the body. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division and the Coroner’s Office responded. The decedent did not have identification on him and a fingerprint test was conducted to determine identification. It will be 3-10 days before the results are in. The male had been deceased for 24 to 48 hours.
This incident is currently under investigation.
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.