Updated: Sheriff Rules Out Homicide For Body Found in Saratoga

Dead man is found at 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs campgrounds.

Update: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15: Homicide has been ruled out by sheriff's investigators in the death of a man whose body was discovered at Saratoga Springs campground Friday evening.

The Santa Clara County sheriff's lieutenant in charge of the investigation has indicated there's nothing suspicious about the death and the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office will have to conduct an autopsy to determine if he died from natural causes or due to an accident, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

"It's not a homicide case," he said.

Cardoza also said investigators still don't know if the man had been camping in the unincorporated Saratoga campsite located at 22801 Big Basin Way at Sanborn Road, just three miles west of Saratoga on Big Basin Way, which is also known as Highway 9.

Detectives were continuing to interview campers at the site late Friday evening and early Saturday morning to gather more information about the death. "It's unknown whether he was an actual camper or if he just happened to be in the area prior to the death."

The body also didn't have any gun shot or stab wounds and didn't seem too badly decomposed, indicating the man hadn't been dead a long time before being discovered at about 7 p.m. Friday, Cardoza said. "It's uncertain how long he had been there," he said.


Update: 10:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14: A man found dead at Saratoga Springs campground Friday evening was in his early 40s and his identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, a county sheriff's spokesman said in an email to the media.

The body was discovered by camp-goers near a creek at the campgrounds located at 22801 Big Basin Way and Sanborn Road, said Santa Clara County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

The circumstances surrounding the incident, including the possibility of accidental death, remain unknown at this time, he added.

Sheriff's investigators are continuing to investigate the death to learn more information, he said.


The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating a dead body incident at Saratoga Springs campgrounds, 22801 Big Basin Way and Sanborn Road.

At approximately 7 p.m. Friday evening, sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the unincorporated county area on a report of a possible dead body.

The location of where the body was found is about three miles west of Saratoga on Big Basin Way or Highway 9.

Deputies arrived on scene and discovered a deceased male person, Santa Clara County sheriff's spokesman Jose Cardoza said in an email.

The circumstances are still under investigation. It is unknown at this time if the man is a victim of suicide or homicide, he said.

Editor's Note: This is a developing story. We'll update this report as more information becomes available.

Esmée St James September 15, 2012 at 04:18 AM
This is too close for comfort... frightening.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 15, 2012 at 04:46 AM
I agree, but we are living in desperate times. Things may get worse!
Jeffrey Bachman September 15, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Strange. This is a family place. Stuff like this just does not happen around here.
Ethan Harmer September 15, 2012 at 07:10 AM
If alcohol was involved, I can see how someone could get get in trouble in this area at night.
john September 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
sure it does you just need to open your eyes.Why dont you look into the history of the area before you leave a comment like that.


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