Updated: Sheriff Rules Out Homicide For Body Found in Unincorporated Saratoga

Deputies are investigating at the campgrounds in unincorporated Santa Clara County.

Update: 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15: Homicide has been ruled out by sheriff's investigators in the death of a man whose body was discovered at Saratoga Springs campground Friday evening.

The Santa Clara County sheriff's lieutenant in charge of the investigation has indicated there's nothing suspicious about the death and the Santa Clara County Coroner's Office will have to conduct an autopsy to determine if he died from natural causes or due to an accident, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

"It's not a homicide case," he said.

Cardoza also said investigators still don't know if the man had been camping in the unincorporated Saratoga campsite located at 22801 Big Basin Way at Sanborn Road, just three miles west of Saratoga on Big Basin Way, which is also known as Highway 9.

Detectives were continuing to interview campers at the site late Friday evening and early Saturday morning to gather more information about the death. "It's unknown whether he was an actual camper or if he just happened to be in the area prior to the death."

The body also didn't have any gun shot or stab wounds and didn't seem too badly decomposed, indicating the man hadn't been dead a long time before being discovered at about 7 p.m. Friday, Cardoza. "It's uncertain how long he had been there," he said.


Update: 10:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14: The man found dead was in his early 40s. His identification will be released after next of kin is notified, officials said.


A dead male was discovered at Saratoga Springs campground in Saratoga Friday evening, officials said, the scene is being investigated.

About 7 p.m. Santa Clara County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a possible dead body at the campgrounds located at 22801 Big Basin Way at Sanborn Road in Saratoga.

Deputies found a dead male body and are currently investigating the scene. It is not know at this time if the cause of death was suicide or homicide, according to Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jose Cardoza.

Patch will continue to follow this incident.

Crystal Stewart September 15, 2012 at 03:53 AM
I just camped there with my son in July!! :/
A Renewed Perspective LLC September 15, 2012 at 06:17 AM
Wow, although tragic I'm hoping it was accidental or health related. I'm all over the hills hiking up there. Yikes.
Angie September 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
It was my niece who found the body she is only 8 so freaky I hope to God it is not foul play
Anne Ernst September 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Angie, they're fairly certain there was no foul play. How did your niece fair with her discovery? Is she dealing with it OK?


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