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Date Released: 12/14/2009
Subject: Death Investigation Update
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200908181
Released By: Brenda Godsey

Location: Arcata

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing the investigation into the death of a man discovered yesterday morning on the Mad River bar. The decedent has been identified as 47-year-old David Earl Sanford. The case is considered suspicious. Mr. Sanford had sustained visible injuries, although a cause of death has not been determined yet. In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the nature of Mr. Sanford’s injuries. An autopsy is tentatively scheduled for later this week.

Additional information will be released as it become available and appropriate. Anyone with information about this case should call Detective Troy Garey at (707) 268-3643.