Murder does not seem to be the likely cause of a man’s death whose body was found last month in Mendocino County. 58 year old Edward Pinckney, of Eureka CA was found dead and detectives re-interviewed an original witness. It was previously thought that a suspect was “seen fleeing from the scene” onto a private logging road. The Detectives since clarified with the witness that no one was seen running down a logging road and the man, who’s leg was on fire, was last seen behind the van where the witness lost sight of him. Investigators now believe this man was actually the decedent and that he re-entered the van prior to his death.
The decedent’s cause of death is still under investigation as there are forensics tests being completed, the results of which are not yet known. However, investigators now believe homicide is no longer a likely scenario in this case. Investigators do not believe the witness mislead investigators and has been cooperating fully in this investigation.