Photos by John Richmond.

UPDATE, 4 p.m.: 

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On 3/10/18 at approximately 12:11 pm, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to the report of a dead body near the mouth of the Eel River and the South Jetty.

Deputies and a Warden with the Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived on scene and located a decomposed male body, south end of the South Jetty near the mouth of the Eel River. The Coroner’s Office arrived on scene and the body was recovered. The investigation to the identity is ongoing.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707)445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.


A body was reportedly discovered near the mouth of the Eel River this afternoon.

According to reports over the police scanner, a beachgoer found a naked body south of Table Bluff near the dunes around 12:10 p.m.

Audio of the dispatcher handling the call

Lost Coast Communications team member John Richmond reports that the coroner was on scene at the Table Bluff County Park parking lot earlier today.

The Outpost reached out to Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Greg Allen this afternoon but has yet to hear back.

If the reports are accurate, this is the second time in less than two weeks that a body has been discovered near the mouth of the Eel River.

An update will be posted when more information is available.