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Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Bear River Drive near the Carl Conner Bridge in Garberville at about 11:00 a.m. yesterday after a body was found at the bottom of the cliff. Deputies, a Sheriff’s Investigator, and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. Using a boat, deputies recovered the body of Sam Stafford, 46 of Kentucky, from the bottom of the cliff.
Mr. Stafford, who had been visiting a friend in the Garberville area, had been reported missing on August 13, 2005. His friend reported that Mr. Stafford had visited an area bar alone that evening but had failed to return. The case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.