Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Humboldt 34: Missing Man Reunited With Family

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 5:02 PM

Daniel Ogden Stromberg - CA ATTORNEY GENERAL
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A short six hours after this week's copy of the Journal hit the stands, we received a call from a man whose name was featured on its cover: Daniel Ogden Stromberg. Stromberg, who is living in Eureka with a roommate, didn't know that he had been reported missing to the Eureka Police Department in July of 2017 or that his name was subsequently added to the Office of the Attorney General's list of missing persons, making him one of 35 people reported missing in Humboldt County.

Stromberg said that he reads the Journal every week and was surprised to see his name. He wondered who had reported him missing. The Eureka Police Department confirmed that his siblings in San Mateo County had been searching for Stromberg, age 70, since 2015. Suzie Owsley, of the Eureka Police Department's Criminal Investigations Unit, confirmed that she had put the family members in touch. Thirty-four people on the California Attorney General's database remain missing, with family members wondering where they are and what happened to them. You can read about Humboldt's missing persons, as well as our high rate of missing persons reports, in this week's Journal, available on newsstands now and online. Also, check out the story that broke after we published of a woman reported missing only to be found as a contestant on The Bachelor.

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Drug-Related Deaths on the Rise, say Sheriff, Coroner

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:55 PM

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office released a comprehensive report Monday which shows that deaths due to alcohol and other drugs continue to rise. The report, compiled by HCSO public information specialist Samantha Karges and Humboldt County Coroner's Office legal office assistant Brent Ferguson and reviewed by the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services, examined all "unattended deaths" in the county over the last three years. Unattended deaths are cases in which the coroner is called in to investigate the cause of death.

The report confirms a grim trend: Deaths due to alcohol and other drugs have steadily increased over the past three years, taking 49 lives in 2017. Chief Deputy Coroner Lt. Ernie Stewart says this upward trend is consistent with what he's seen over his 24-year career with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, adding that while the public is paying more attention right now to the opiate crisis, methamphetamine continues to be the biggest factor in drug-related deaths for Humboldt residents.

"Methamphetamine is still killing more people than opiates," Stewart said in a phone interview. "I believe that methamphetamine has carved out its place in our community and it's just not going away."

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