Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Very sad news

Thanks to Cristina Bauss for bringing my attention to this press statement from the Sheriff's Office.
At about 2:00 yesterday afternoon, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible dead body in Shelter Cove. Sheriff’s Deputies responded and confirmed there was a deceased male in a creek. The body was found in extremely steep and rugged terrain. Personnel from the Shelter Cove Volunteer Fire Department, the Whale Gulch Volunteer Fire Department, the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Team, and the Sheriff’s Office worked together in the body recovery effort.

The body had been found by Diana Totten, an experienced search and rescue mantracker, who had been searching the area for a man who had been reported missing on January 10, 2008. That missing man, Nicholas Bear Sundstrom, 28 of Shelter Cove, was last seen on December 31, 2007.

The body found yesterday has not been positively identified yet. However, investigators believe it to that of Nicholas Sundstrom. The body recovered yesterday was found about a quarter mile from Mr. Sundstrom’s home. An autopsy will be performed later this week to determine a cause of death. The investigation is continuing and additional information will be released as it becomes available.
My condolences to the family. I hope they find at least some minimal comfort in closure.

Condolences to the family.

And BIG THANKS to Diana Totten for all she does for our community, looking out for everyone's safety, being an awesome medic and rescuer.. you rock Diana.. and you're hot too! ;-)
Diana has tracked down and rescued, or recovered many people. She is much appreciated and respected amongst us emergency responders. Somebody should do a story about her. You would be amazed at the things that she has accomplished.
I think you're right, Ernie. I've never heard of her before. Sounds like her's would be an interesting story.
It could be Faulkna.
nic was a great guy...if anyone know anything please come foward... cause nobody has said anything to the sheriff...a local garberville resident was the last to be seen w/ him, driving him home from a sf NYE party...if anyone knows a guy named jade with a black suv please ask him to give his statement to the cops...this type of crime affects all farmers/residents in humboldt
I don't think this was a crime. Where did you get that info? I was told that he had slippery shoes and fell to his death. Does anyone know?
I sure don't. Cristina forwarded the press release to me. I'm sure she's watching the story closely.
Sure was a lot of cops and investigators in town yesterday. Could they be checking out a possible murder in the cove?
Look for a story in Tuesday's paper.

Anon 3:54 is correct: He apparently fell to his death. He had several broken ribs and a punctured lung.

There was no sign of foul play. It was, apparently, a simple tragedy.
is it true all his belongings were missing in his home?
R.I.P. Nick, you will be missed. Our prayers go out to your family and friends.
From what I hear, it was no accident. Hopefully we find out the truth.
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