From the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On Saturday, February 11, 2017 at about 4:44 pm, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the area of the Ryan Slough Bridge, Eureka for a report of a body lying in a stream. The body was located by Deputies underneath the Ryan Slough Bridge on the northwest side. The body was later identified as Sam Whitney, age 63 of Eureka. Whitney was known to Law Enforcement to be a transient who lived underneath the bridge. Foul play is not suspected and an autopsy will be scheduled to determine the 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.