Sunday, January 29, 2023

Man Found Dead in Vehicle Off the Side of a Rural Roadway Southeast of Willits Yesterday Afternoon


Preliminary information offered by Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten confirmed that yesterday afternoon an adult male died after driving off a rural roadway southeast of Willits.

Captain Van Patten told us that reports received around 2:25 p.m. yesterday indicated a vehicle was spotted “off the roadway down a steep hillside” near the 3001 block of Blackhawk Drive.

Investigators determined that the driver was deceased and MCSO’s coroner’s report shows “CHP as investigating it as a traffic accident.” The decedent is an adult male, Captain Van Patten told us, and authorities are still attempting to locate and notify the next-of-kin.

We have reached out to both the Ukiah CHP and Garberville CHP offices to get more information.

Please remember, this map is an approximation of the location of the incident described in this article.



  1. My sympathy and prayers go out on behalf of the family of the deceased. Life is so fragile. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. 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 if you know a story that needs to be told.

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