Body Found Near Manila Dunes Identified as Pete William Dibean: Homicide Investigation Underway

Autopsy Conducted on Body Found at Manila Dunes Reveals Homicide

In a tragic turn of events, an autopsy has been conducted on the body discovered near Manila Dunes earlier this month. The victim, identified as 56-year-old Pete William Dibean of Manila, was fatally shot. This shocking incident is now being investigated as a homicide.

According to authorities, Dibean died as a result of a gunshot wound and was found partially buried on January 5th near Manila Community Services District property. Beachgoers stumbled upon the human remains and promptly reported the gruesome discovery to the dispatch center. Sheriff William Honsal revealed that people had actively been searching for the individual when the remains were found.

Detective Sgt. Blake Massaro from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office stated that Dibean had been well-established at the encampment where he was found. Rumors circulated that he had been living there for several years. The victim had external wounds, indicating that he had been at the site for a few days.

The investigation into this heinous crime is ongoing, with a person of interest already identified. Detective Sgt. Massaro is diligently working to establish a timeline of events. However, he reassured the community that there is currently no perceived or known threat.

The discovery of Dibean’s body has raised concerns regarding encampments in the area. In an op-ed published in the North Coast Journal, Jennifer Savage, who resides half a mile from where Dibean was found, expressed her worries. She highlighted the increase in people living in the dune forest environment, along with the associated issues of trash, fires, and now, a tragic death. Savage pointed out the lack of resources available to address these encampments and the absence of safe shelter and housing options.

In response to Dibean’s homicide, the Manila Community Services District has scheduled a meeting to address these concerns. The resolution, titled “Supporting law enforcement and social services efforts in addressing encampments in the Manila Dunes Recreation Area,” aims to find solutions to prevent further tragedies.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the crime tip line at 707-268-2539, referencing case number 202400082.

Let’s come together as a community to ensure the safety of our surroundings and support those in need.

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