Sunday, September 2, 2018

Law Enforcement at Scene of Body Found on Bell Springs Road

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 2:34 PM

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found lying on Bell Springs Road within a mile of Alderpoint Road.

Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told Redheaded Blackbelt 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. According to a press release, the deceased male appears to have been in his 50s and the death has been officially deemed suspicious.

One witness described seeing the body of what appeared to be a male lying in the road uncovered with several law enforcement officers at the scene. Firsthand reports from witnesses place the body there since 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.”

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Sac Bee Looks at Rural Policing and a Kettenpom Couple's Terrifying Ordeal

Posted By and on Sun, Sep 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Rural residents know that a 911 call to law enforcement may result in an hours long wait for a response. On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee posted the culmination of several months of research into the problem.

Leading the article is the story of how in March of 2011 a Trinity County couple, Jim and Norma Gund, had their throats slashed by a murderer when they responded to a request from a Trinity County Sheriff Cpl. Ron Whitman to check on their neighbor who had called 911 for help. Whitman was almost 100 miles away in Weaverville.

According to the Bee’s story, “[T]he drive — through rugged forest and over steep passes — would take almost three hours.”

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