PREVIOUSLYHuman Remains Found in Cooper Gulch Fire


From the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office:

On March 14, 2013, Humboldt Bay Fire firefighters were called to an area of cooper Gulch because flames could be seen through the trees. That area wsa in a very swampy area north of 14th Street. During fire suppression human remains were found.

The scene was investigated by Eureka Police Detectives, Humboldt Bay Firefighters, Coroner’s Investigators and members of the Humboldt County Fire/Arson Investigation Unit.

The male subject was tentatively identified by personal property at the scene.

An autopsy was performed on the deceased male subject and determined his cause of death was Inhalation of Products of Combustion. The manner of death is not yet determined. Steps have been taken to positively identify this decedent including the examination of dental features and the obtaining of samples for DNA analysis.

The tentative identification of this decedent is William Cody Waldron, age 70, of Eureka. Information from Mr. Waldron’s next-of-kin is needed to establish this tentative identification. Efforts to identify and locate Mr. Waldron’s next-of-kin have not been successful. Anyone with information about Mr. Waldron’s next-of-kin is encouraged to call Deputy Coroner Charles Van Buskirk at (707) 476-4034.