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Dead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17
by Robert Norse (rnorse3 [at]
Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 9:06 AM
On Saturday morning, I saw several police officers and a deputy examine what appeared to be a dead body behind a yellow "crime scene" tape at the edge of a culvert adjoining Highway 17 near the Plymouth/Highway 17 stoplight.
My friend Gloria Rovay took several pictures of the body from a distance which she posted on her facebook page. See and .

Jim, a nearby homeless man, said he'd been watching the body retrieval operation for an hour. He said he'd seen the law enforcement people raise the body from the culvert covered with a yellow tarp. He also said that Coroner/Sheriff Jim Hart had been present.

I notice there was no mention of this in the Sunday Sentinel nor in their on-line addition, even in the "police log" section dated 2 p.m. November 17.

Considering the cold weather of the last few days, it's quite possible the man died from hypothermia. The closure of the River St. campground as well as all the parks aggravates the situation for those outside.

I encourage those providing blankets, bedding, water, and other supplies to take them directly to homeless encampments such as the one between Ross and Hiway 1 or to the Food Not Bombs meals 4-6 PM Saturdays and Sundays near the main post office. Another good option is to offer the donations to Brent Adams Storage program at 150 Felker St. Suite H.
§Dead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17
by Photo Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 10:09 AM
§Dead Man Pulled From Culvert at Plymouth and Highway 17
by Photo Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 10:10 AM

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by No Comfort Out
Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 11:27 AM
The culvert along Plymouth Street runs parallel to Highway 17 / Ocean Street, and across the street from National 9 Santa Cruz and Best Western Inn.
by Gloria J Rovay (repost)
Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 1:29 PM
Gloria J Rovay writes on Facebook: Witnessed a body brought up from a culvert in the area of Highway 17 and Plymouth in Santa Cruz this morning around 8:45am. At Denny’s a man named Jim told us that he’d been watching the incident for an hour. So sad! How many more homeless will die this winter?
by Robert Norse
Sunday Nov 18th, 2018 6:37 PM
Apparently the 20 or so comments posted in response to this death were removed without the permission of the photographer and facebook website person, Gloria Rovay.

Initially facebook censors apparently concealed the photo requiring an additional action to reach, but the comments were there. As of 6:25 p.m. 11-18, the entire thread of comments was removed and not by the photographer and poster Gloria Rovay.

This suggests that folks should be sure to frequently copy anything they post as well as the comments at another uncensored website, perhaps here (depending on the nature of the material).

Rovay also posted a video (which has a little speculative commentary by me that's not particularly interesting) at ...assuming it's still there.

What was important was the commentary of some who wanted to remove the "disagreeable" sight of a dead homeless man and others who felt it was important commentary on the policies of the Santa Cruz City authorities, as well as the
by Family Values
Monday Nov 19th, 2018 11:45 AM
It's the duty of Take Back Santa Cruz to purge "social media" by reporting un-fascist content! That includes the Disqus comments platform in our blessed Daily and Nextdoor as well! You can bet your ass they track and follow this site.
by SC Sentinel
Tuesday Nov 20th, 2018 11:26 PM
SANTA CRUZ — Two unrelated cases involving deaths that were not suspicious but happened in public areas spurred investigations in Santa Cruz during the weekend, police said.

Shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, police and paramedics found Ernest Nash, 73, of no known address unconscious in his vehicle at Gateway Plaza, police spokeswoman Joyce Blaschke said. A relative had found him unresponsive in the vehicle and believed drugs may have been factors, police said.

Authorities administered Narcan — a drug known as naloxon used to reverse an opioid overdose, Blaschke said.

“Nothing appeared to be suspicious at the scene,” Blaschke said. The coroner retrieved the body.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday, police received reports of a body covered in a blanket at the edge of a ditch at Plymouth and Ocean streets downtown, Blaschke said. It was the body of a 39-year-old man.

“Three empty bottles of Narcan were found in the immediate area along with a syringe, a sharps container and various personal belongings,” Blaschke said.

Police declined to release the man’s identity until relatives are notified.
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