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Missing man found dead under the edge of a cliff in Mendocino County park

A man who was reported missing was found dead under a cliff in a Mendocino County park late last week, authorities said.

Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body of Gregory Noyes, 76, of Point Arena, Friday morning on rocks about 50 feet below an edge of Jug Handle State National Reserve, department spokesperson Capt. Quincy Cromer said in a news release.

Noyes was reported missing to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday. He had been traveling to the area since May 12, when the reporter last heard from him.

Mendocino County deputies were contacted at approximately 10:46 a.m. Friday by California State Parks peace officers who located a vehicle registered to Noyes in the parking lot of the Jug Handle State National Reserve, located between Fort Bragg and Mendocino. The vehicle had been parked there for “several days,” Cromer said.

Officers and officers searched the park and soon found a large-brimmed hat resting on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Under the edge lay the body of a man.

Investigators determined that Noyes most likely fell off the cliff accidentally, Cromer said. No foul play is suspected.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information to call the agency’s 24-hour non-emergency hotline at 707-463-4086 or speak anonymously on the non-emergency tip line at 707-234-2100.

You can reach staff writer Madison Smalstig at [email protected]. On X (Twitter) @madi.smals.