Friday, December 1, 2023

Missing Potter Valley Man Found Deceased Under What the MCSO Characterized as an ‘Unusual Circumstance’

Ronald “PJ” Bruggeman Junior [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

Potter Valley man Ronald “PJ” Bruggeman Junior, has been found deceased according to Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten. Last night, at approximately 7:30 p.m, a friend located his body nearby his home. 

Bruggeman’s body was found on his property by a friend and the coroner is working to determine the cause and manner of Bruggeman’s death. Captain Van Patten characterized the situation as “an unusual circumstance.”

Yesterday, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team searched the area Bruggeman was last seen on July 15. Witnessed by friends, Bruggeman was last in the midst of a mental health crisis before he disappeared.

According to a post on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page, “The Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit is now conducting a Coroner’s Investigation to determined the cause and manner of Bruggeman’s death.

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I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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