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Officials ID body found below Foresthill Bridge

Friend says man was very sweet
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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Officials identified the man found at the bottom of the Foresthill Bridge this week. The body of Pelham Whiting II, 45, of Sacramento was found at the base of the Foresthill Bridge Monday, according to Placer County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Dena Erwin. Officials believe Whiting jumped from the 730-foot high span. Whiting, who one friend described as a “really, really great guy,” was studying to become a physical therapist, according to Maxine Sarmiento. The Roseville resident said she and her husband were close friends of Whiting’s. She described the shy, yet sweet man as a “timid bunny rabbit.” “Once you got to know him, he was warm and cuddly,” Sarmiento said. Sarmiento said Whiting was very active and loved to bike ride along the American River Canyon trails in Auburn. Whiting was close to both of his parents, who passed away in years past, and also had a close relationship with his aunt and uncle, Sarmiento said. “He was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met,” Sarmiento said. Jenifer Gee can be reached at jeniferg@goldcountrymedia.com. ---------- Suicide help There is help for those who are depressed or who are thinking of taking their own life. Those looking for help can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255). Also, more information is available from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at afsp.org. ----------