Authorities believe no foul play related to body found at Sonoma State University

A man’s body was discovered Friday morning in a remote section of Sonoma State University though authorities said there does not appear to be foul play in his death.

A local resident phoned 911 at 7:50 a.m. after discovering the body of the man near the butterfly garden on campus. The area is along the Copeland Creek Trail and just south of the Green Music Center.

The university in an email to students said that the man was not a student nor an employee of the university. “At this time, there is nothing to suggest foul play in this case,” the email read.

The campus is largely free of students this semester as a result of the pandemic with the exception of a few who are taking lab courses, said spokeswoman Julia Gonzalez.

The Sonoma State Police Department and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department coroner’s division are investigating the case. The man has been identified as a local resident, according to the email. The cause and manner of the death were still under investigation Saturday, Sheriff’s Lt. Sean Jones said.

Bill Swindell

Business, Beer and Wine, The Press Democrat  

In the North Coast, we are surrounded by hundreds of wineries along with some of the best breweries, cidermakers and distillers. These industries produce an abundance of drinks as well as good stories – and those are what I’m interested in writing. I also keep my eye on our growing cannabis industry and other agricultural crops, which have provided the backbone for our food-and-wine culture for generations.

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