South Fork fatality has lots of unknowns
When neighbors hadn’t noticed any activity for several days at the Three Rivers homeplace of Micheal Wright, they became more than a little concerned. After taking a closer look, they discovered Wright’s overturned pickup in a gully and detected the odor of decaying flesh.
They immediately called 911 and emergency responders arrived at the scene at 47777 South Fork Drive. What they found was an overturned 1997 Chevy pickup, and in the brush nearby was the badly decomposing body of Wright. It’s possible that Wright had been ejected from the vehicle or, the investigating officer speculated, Wright could have crawled out of the wrecked vehicle and died nearby. News Briefs: South Fork
According to the California Highway Patrol’s incident report, Micheal Allan Wright, 75, was on a private roadway headed toward his property. It is reported that Wright was traveling at a high rate of speed and lost control of his vehicle, running off the roadway.
The time of the accident was sometime between Wednesday, July 8, when Wright was last seen, and Monday, July 13, when his remains were discovered. CHP investigators are hoping that autopsy results will provide some clues to what led to the fatal crash. Investigators are not confident they will learn much from the autopsy because the body rapidly decomposed in the extreme heat and had been scavenged by animals. News Briefs: South Fork
Last month, a 130-acre fire on South Fork Drive was accidentally caused by Wright, attributed to a spark from a power tool. There are unconfirmed reports that the house that Wright was living in near where the fire started was destroyed in the blaze.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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