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Body found in Dry Creek

By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein | nathand@goldcountrymedia.com
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A man whose body was pulled from Dry Creek Wednesday morning might have been staying under a bridge for shelter from the storm, a friend said. Police haven’t released the identity of the adult male who was found in Dry Creek near the Darling Way bridge this morning. A cause or time of death had yet to be determined. The body was discovered by passersby at 10:05 a.m., officials said. The bridge is located on Darling Way just off of Riverside Avenue. Roseville Fire responded with its rescue task force, which is skilled in swift-water rescue, but rescue operations weren’t successful. “It’s too early for us to call it a drowning,” Roseville Fire Marshal Dennis Mathisen said. “The police investigators have to rule out whether it was anything else.” Coroner’s officials were arriving at the scene. Frank Tayeh, who runs the Chief’s liquor store near on Darling Way, said the man was a friend and longtime customer of his who spoke of needing shelter just before Tuesday’s torrential storm. “He told me a lot of rain was coming and he got to get under the bridge,” said Tayeh, who said he was sure the deceased man was his friend because he identified his jacket. He said the man was homeless off and on but sometimes stayed with a roommate. He said recently, the man was back to being without a roof over his head. He became concerned when he hadn’t seen the man since before the storm hit. “Maybe he fell in and couldn’t get out,” he said. The bridge near where the body was found is known to be a spot where transients seek shelter and often drink, residents said. “I see them there all the time when I walk down there,” said resident Chris McCurdy. In 2006, the body of 54-year-old Lyle Melsing Meredith, a transient, was found in nearly the same spot.