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Body found on banks of Russian River ID’d

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 | Posted by

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.

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Stephen Gross, The River correspondent

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