By | January 16, 2024

An Investigation into the Homicide of Pete William Dibean

An autopsy has been conducted on the body of a man found near Manila Dunes earlier this month. The victim, identified as 56-year-old Pete William Dibean from Manila, was fatally shot. His death is now being investigated as a homicide.

According to police, Dibean was discovered partially buried on January 5th near Manila Community Services District property. Beachgoers had reported finding human remains to the dispatch center, leading to the discovery. Sheriff William Honsal revealed that people were actively searching for the missing person when the remains were found.

A homicide investigation is currently underway, with Detective Sgt. Blake Massaro noting that a person of interest has been identified. The ongoing investigation aims to establish a timeline of events surrounding the incident. However, Massaro assured the community that there is currently no perceived or known threat.

Concerns have been raised regarding the body’s discovery and the presence of nearby encampments. In an op-ed published in the North Coast Journal, Jennifer Savage, who lives close to where Dibean was found, expressed worries about the increasing number of people living in the dune forest environment. She highlighted the creation of permanent camps, associated trash and fires, and now a tragic death. Savage emphasized the lack of resources available to respond to encampments and the limited safe shelter and housing options.

The Manila Community Services District has responded to Dibean’s homicide by scheduling a meeting to address concerns. Titled “Supporting law enforcement and social services efforts in addressing encampments in the Manila Dunes Recreation Area,” the resolution aims to discuss potential solutions.

Community Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Manila Community Center, 1611 Peninsula Drive Room A

Zoom Link:

Phone-in: 669-900-6833

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the crime tip line at 707-268-2539. Reference case No. 202400082.

For more information, contact Sage Alexander at 707-441-0504.


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