Wisconsin Man Found Dead in Eel River


The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of a 26-year-old man found in the Eel River Tuesday evening as Joshua Deyo from Wisconsin.

Deyo was found floating face down at Bear Canyon Bridge, near Garberville. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3.

"We are actively investigating the incident," says Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. "It has not been ruled a homicide at this point."

If confirmed as a drowning, Deyo's death would be the sixth such incident of 2016.

From the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office:

On Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at about 5:26 p.m. Humboldt County Deputies responded to Bear Canyon Bridge near Garberville for a report of a dead body in the Eel River.

Upon arrival, deputies located a white male adult face down in the river. Detectives responded to the scene to investigate. The decedent’s identity is unknown at this time. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death.

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.

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