Body found on banks of Russian River ID’d
By JULIE JOHNSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
No foul play was suspected in the death of a 48-year-old Santa Rosa man whose body was found on the banks of the Russian River last week, Sonoma County sheriff’s officials said Monday.
Raymond Strubeck was found dead July 4 in the weeds along the water’s edge near the north side of Wohler Bridge in Forestville, authorities said.
“No signs of foul play at this point,” Coroner’s Sgt. Greg Stashyn said.
A group of youths spotted the body and called 911 at 4 p.m., said Sgt. Mark Fuston. They directed deputies to the body, clad only in a jacket.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at 5:23 p.m.
The body showed no obvious injuries, Fuston said.
An autopsy was performed July 5.
Coroner’s officials were waiting for the results from a toxicology test to determine how he died, Stashyn said.
Strubeck at times lived as a transient, although he in the past had addresses in Santa Rosa and most recently Sebastopol, according to sheriff’s records.
He had a history of alcohol and drug violations, Fuston said.
Strubeck said he grew up in Santa Rosa, according to a man who shared a cell with him 10 years ago at the Sonoma County Jail.
“He was a good mechanic and liked Harley Davidsons,” said Aaron McClymonds, a psychological coordinator at the Samuel L. Jones Hall shelter on Finley Avenue.