Update: Body Found at Dump Identified

A garbage truck driver discovered the body of a 30-year-old man as workers were separating trash.

Updated Jan. 12: Deputies have identified the body as that of a homeless man named Luis Gomez-Diaz, according to NBC Bay Area


An employee at a recycling center near Petaluma discovered the body of deceased transient man among debris on Friday afternoon, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a recycling center in the 2500 block of Petaluma Boulevard South at 1:40 p.m. in response to a report of a dead body.

Upon arrival, a Novato Disposal employee directed deputies inside a recycling warehouse that is used as a transfer station, where the deceased body was located. Sheriff's deputies have identified the deceased man as 30-year-old Luis Gomez-Diaz


The body of a 30-year-old man was found at the North Bay Corp.'s garbage transfer station on Petaluma Boulevard South Friday afternoon, a Sonoma County sheriff's lieutenant said.

The man's body was spotted around 2 p.m. as workers were separating the trash with a front-loader, Lt. Dennis O'Leary said.

The sheriff's office is trying to locate the man's next of kin, O'Leary said.

The man had some injuries that might have been caused by a garbage truck or the front loader, O'Leary said. The death is considered suspicious, he said.
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Danielle Nicole Reid January 13, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Wow first off he was not homeless. He was not a thief. He was a sweet caring man. He was one of the hardest workers i know. You shouldn't jump to conclusions when you have no idea what you are talking about.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 13, 2013 at 07:14 PM
PM Nuse Im not sure my comment mentioned his race or livving status.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 13, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Danielle I was thinking he may have been killed at the Dump. Im sure more will be reported in this.
Concerned Citizen January 15, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Now that the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has stated via an Official Press Release that this poor man sought cover due to freezing temps, you should take down this comment.
Danielle Nicole Reid January 16, 2013 at 09:15 PM


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