Man’s body found after his truck veers off Echo Summit
April 1, 2009
ECHO SUMMIT “-A Folsom man who apparently drove off Highway 50 near Echo Summit might have been dead for days before Search and Rescue personnel found his body on Saturday.
Henry De Shon, 47, was westbound in a black 2007 Dodge Ram truck on a straight section of road near the summit when he veered left and went over the side, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jeff Gartner.
The truck rolled a “substantial” distance down the mountain side, and it is unclear exactly where De Shon’s vehicle left the highway, Gartner said.
De Shon’s body was found near the truck’s wreckage in an area that was not visible from Highway 50, Gartner said.
Family members reported De Shon missing on March 26, and the crash could have occurred at any time between De Shon’s last contact with family on March 23 and the afternoon of March 28 ” when a couple looking for a place to hike noticed De Shon’s truck and called authorities, Gartner said.
“He would still be missing if those people hadn’t been looking for a place to hike,” Gartner said.
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Alcohol is not suspected as a factor and it is unclear if De Shon was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, Gartner said.
It’s also unknown if De Shon died from injuries suffered during the crash or if he died from exposure to the elements, Gartner said.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of De Shon’s death.
Investigators believe the incident was accidental, but are also looking at the possibility the crash was intentional, Gartner said.
Why De Shon veered left is one of several aspects of the incident that remain under investigation, Gartner said.
“There’s a lot more to it, but we can’t go into it right now,” Gartner said.