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Police investigate suspicious death

By Nicholas Grube

Triplicate staff writer

A dead man found in a mobile home at Pacific Terrace Manor in Crescent City might be the victim of foul play.

"The death appears suspicious in nature. We are investigating it as a possible homicide," said Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack.

"What makes it rather suspicious," he said, "is that he is a relatively young individual."

He said police received a call around 4 p.m. Monday, informing them of the dead body at Vera Inez Rehfeld's residence.

The dead man's name is not available, but neighbors of Rehfeld, who is a senior citizen, said she was living with a much younger man.

Daniel Webster, a 65-year-old man who lives down the street from Rehfeld, said that Rehfeld's son-in-law told him the body was that of Rehfeld's roommate, Jim.

"Her son-in-law told me they found (Jim) with a hole in his neck and in his side," Webster said.

He added that Jim said he was a parolee from San Quentin, and that Jim was causing unrest in the elderly community.

"The guy was getting really weird and hallucinating and stuff," he said. One time, Webster said, he saw Jim in the backyard destroying a greenhouse and wandering around in the cold without any shoes on.

But Webster said he was not the only one concerned with Jim's actions. Rehfeld was scared of him too.

"Inez told me he's out of his mind, Daniel. I'm getting scared," Webster said, adding that Rehfeld was a widow.

Due to the ongoing investigation, police have not released details about the victim or how he was killed. CCPD is working in conjunction with a crime scene investigation unit from the Department of Justice.

"They are coming up (from Eureka) for the exploration of trace evidence that we have found," Plack said.

"This investigation will be slow and meticulous to ensure it is extremely thorough," he said.

 


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