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Missing Man Found Dead at Redwood National Park

 

Details of Discovery Not Made Available For Now

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

What happened– and why– regarding a Walnut Creek man gone missing and found dead in Humboldt County won’t be disclosed at this time, a ranger from Redwood National
Park said. 

The man had been missing and not heard from
since November 2.

Michael Steven McNulty, 32, was found Saturday, according
to a message posted on the “Michael Steven McNulty Missing” Facebook page.

McNulty’s silver Audi S8 was found at Redwood National Park on Friday.  According to the Facebook page, the vehicle had been there at least 24 hours.  His family had been actively searching for him during this time.

A Redwood National Park ranger confirmed that a body had been found over the weekend but said he did not have additional information.

Details on where his body was discovered– and whether natural causes or any foul play were suspected– weren’t immediately available and are yet to be determined.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office had been aiding in the search for him, it was reported.

More details on the discovery likely will not be released by police until Tuesday due to Monday’s national holiday, a Redwood National Park Ranger said.

On Friday, November 9, this was posted on the Facebook page:

Please everyone pray for Mike to return home safely.  His car was found at the Redwood National Park. It has been there at least 24 hours.  His mom and brother are heading up there to help to try and find him.

And on Saturday:

The search is underway.  His car has been towed.  The park ranger has a group people searching a 5 mile radius around where his car was found, just to start.  Mike Wright and Brian Anderson are currently there with many others following close by.

Will keep everyone updated as we get word.  Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.

Later on Saturday:

As you all know, the Park Rangers found Mike’s car.  We have unfortunate news regarding Mike.

He was found today, and he did pass away.  During this time, the family requests your support and understanding by with holding questions.  We all have alot to piece together and time is needed.

Please pray for strength during this time of need. 

The tragic sudden loss is a devastating blow to his family, friends and loved ones.

And lastly, sadly:

Please upload any and all pictures you have of Mike.  We are wanting to have picture collages set for a celebration of life.
 
Dig out high school, elementary, and adult pictures please.
 
If you can upload them to FB or email them to me…
Thanks so much.

* * * * * * * * *

Sigh.

There were so many prayers and condolences coming for the family during this time, we found.

Putting a face behind the name, we discovered Michael was well-liked and had many friends.  Playfully nicknamed ‘Fester’, he went to the Tabernacle Baptist school as a youth.  He was known for his impressions of Chris Farley.

He was described as “a good spirit and soul” by his best friend who was shocked finding out he had gone missing.  Easy to smile and quick to help others, Michael enjoyed getting out and doing things, socializing, dancing, and having a good time– or a good meal–  with his friends.

His mother was described as a “strong and loving woman who lived tremendously for her family’” by one who knew her.

They added, “She must be wrought with overwhelming sadness at this news….  My prayers and support are with her and the family at this most heart-wrenching time…”

While we don’t know what happened, we would like to repeat what one person said:

This time of year can be stressful for many, especially those with depression or feeling desparate.  If someone needs help, please  reach out and ask them:  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always available at 1-800-273-8255.”

And we would like to leave you with a comment we found worth considering and repeating:

So very sad to hear this.  What leads people to take their own life is something most of us can not understand.  All the questions that are left behind for us to answer.  His family and friends are trying to put it all together.  Michael is gone and we are all suffering.

Please reach out to the next young person you see.  Smile, and pay attention.  They are all hurting, trying to find their way.

These are terrible times for young men and women.  No real jobs.  No face to face,  just texts and Facebook fluff.  It’s all they know.  There’s no genuine human contact anymore.  Let them know it will all be OK– and we really do care about them.

UPDATE Tuesday, November 13

Michael McNulty appears to have taken his own life.

The Humboldt County Coroner has ruled the death of Michael Steven McNulty, 32, was a suicide today, according to Redwood National Park spokeswoman Candace Tinkler.  No further details were available.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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