Body found in Hellhole Canyon County Preserve identified by Medical Examiner

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Medical Examiner has identified the body found on a mountain trail in the Hellhole Canyon County Preserve on April 20 as that of Samuel Holiman.

A 57 year old black male who resided in San Diego County, Holiman was found by a hiker. 9-1-1 was called and a deputy responded to the area along with park rangers. Upon arrival at the preserve, they confirmed him dead. There was no apparent injury or trauma to the body.

Time of death was listed April 19, 2014, 4 p.m. with unknown date/time of injury. Cause of death is pending with the San Diego Sheriff’s Department still investigating.

VALLEY CENTER – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Dept. has reported that a body was found on Sunday, April 20 in the Hell Hole Canyon Ecological Preserve in Valley Center. It appeared that the person had been dead for several days and appeared to have been disturbed by animals.

Authorities were working to extract the body from a trail in the remote area of the preserve.

Because deputies could not immediately reach the area by all-terrain vehicle, the A.S.T.R.E.A. helicopter responded to the area, surveyed the scene, landed, and dropped off their observer nearby. A.S.T.R.E.A. then shuttled personnel from the command post to the scene.

The Medical Examiner processed the scene and with the assistance of A.S.T.R.E.A. transported the remains from the area. The cause of death is unknown at this time and the Medical Examiner will continue the investigation.

12 Responses to "Body found in Hellhole Canyon County Preserve identified by Medical Examiner"

  1. Tonya   April 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Sad and gross! Do we really have to know about the animal part? If it was my missing family member and I read this it would make the tragedy even more disturbing… Not necessary inmho. We ca all figure out that if
    Death occurs in nature, this will probably happen. Stark reminders are tmi…

  2. Lee   April 24, 2014 at 7:35 am

    @ #1 Tonya

    Tonya, that’s the spirit! Let us, citizens, censor the press even more. Yeah, baby. It’s not enough that Uncle Sam already does it. No, let us ADD to it with Uncle Sam smiling from ear to ear. So, for example, when our troops are sent to fight a war against folks who pose NO threat to us and come home in coffins, we now hide this dirty secret behind . . . “Out of respect to the families . . .”

    Yeah, baby. Anything to suppress the truth, ey, Tonya?

    You stay uninformed girl; Uncle Sam likes it that way.

  3. Really?   April 24, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Lee, Lee, you are reaching way too far, Junior; almost to the point of acting out.

    I find it hilarious that you lecture someone about being informed when you have no idea what your whining about half the time. You know almost nothing about the nonsense you spew here, especially about the Military, OR your fellow citizens who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Your entire existence is based on putative theory; there isn’t an ounce of real experience, knowledge or practical reality that you ever bring to the table. Just a tortured, bitter, liberal, who has more Anger and shrillness in his little finger then many of us have in our entire being.

    You stay class Liberal.

  4. Lee   April 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    @ #3 Really?

    Thank you for your comments. You make me a better person.

  5. grunt   April 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    @Really? wow – much better said than I could, only problem is will Lee understand your post?

  6. VC Bookkeeper   April 28, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Any word on cause of death or why there were so far out on No Name Mountain? That’s a very, very long hike through some very steep terrain.

  7. grunt   April 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Just curious, why was his race mentioned? I understand if it is important to the story. Or, is this a way to say: "he was not an illegal Mexcan"?

  8. Me   April 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    @grunt….because it’s standard procedure for the Coroner’s Office. Don’t read more into things that aren’t there.

    Case Number: 14-00945
    Name: Samuel Holiman City of Residence: San Diego
    DOB: 03/14/1957 Gender: Male
    Place of Death: N 33 14 22 W 116 56 01 , Valley Center CA Place of injury: N33 14 22 W116 56 01 , Valley Center CA
    Date/Time of Death: 4/19/2014 4:00:00 PM Date/Time injury: 04/–/2014 Unk
    Summary: The decedent was a 57 year old Black male who resided in San Diego County. On the afternoon of 04/19/14, the decedent was found on a mountain trail in the Hellhole Canyon County Preserve by a hiker. 9-1-1 was called a deputy responded to the area along with Park Rangers. Upon arrival at the preserve, they confirmed dead. There was no apparent injury or trauma to the body.
    Cause of Death/Updated Cause of Death: Pending
    Contributing Conditions:
    Manner: Pending
    Investigating Agency: San Diego Sheriff Next of kin notified? Yes

  9. grunt   May 1, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you, me. Did not realize the article was verbatim from the official report.

  10. Fallbrook res.   May 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  11. Yoshi   May 7, 2014 at 7:10 am

    During WWII I saw a lot of dead bodies and believe me it’s sad no matter what side you are on. Seldom are bodies not touched by Animals, Insects, Etc. The only way that is minimized is by dying in a Hospital.

  12. OMEN   May 7, 2014 at 9:16 am



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