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[UPDATE: 3:28 p.m.]Coroner Responding to Laytonville After Deceased Male Found in Vehicle Along Roadside


At approximately 2:36 p.m. scanner traffic indicated Laytonville Fire Department had requested Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office respond to the area of Highway 101 and Fisherman Drive after a man was found deceased in a vehicle along the roadside.

We have reached out to Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten for more information and will updated when it becomes available.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m.: Contrary to previous reporting, Laytonville Fire Department Chief Sue Carberry told us that the deceased man was not actually located deceased on the roadside, but driven to the location near Highway 101 to meet the ambulance.

Also, contrary to previous reporting, the actual location of the deceased individual is at the intersection of Road 307 and Highway 101, about a quarter mile north of the previously described location. We have updated the map below accordingly.

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can


  1. This was my friend, we called him Tuna (Jeffery Novak )we we’re working all morning together and nothing seemed out of place, we took lunch then went back to work, he got sick vomiting so we suggested that he went to the truck and get in the ac while our other buddy went to fetch water….it wasn’t 15 minutes before we went to check on him and found him blue … we started cpr got him to cough and spit up, we are about 12miles down woodman creek rd without service…. we loaded him into the car and drove as fast s as we could …. this really hurts that was my best friend known him over 18yrs

    • so sorry to hear this… weird. we also like on Woodman, at the very beginning, about 1 mile up. we were wondering what was going on…so sorry

    • My heart aches for you Damian. I send all my love to you and your partners. Please know how sorry I am for all of you good men. Kate B

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
Picking Brains—Baring Bones—Paying it By Ears: I'm a reporter in Mendocino County and the Founder of MendoFever.

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