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Wise Canal drowning victim sober but high on meth

Tests show Nov. 23 Wise Canal drowning victim Richard Hill was alcohol-free but high on methamphetamine when he lost his life. Toxicology tests taken for the Placer County Sheriff ...

Pushed in: Homeless man’s canal escape recounted by mother

The deaths in Auburn’s Wise Canal started in January 2009. Last month, 50-year-old homeless man Richard Hill became the sixth man to turn up dead in the canal in less than two y ...

Deadly Auburn canal takes sixth victim in less than two years

Auburn’s Wise Canal has turned killer again. This time it was a 50-year-old homeless man just three days out of the Placer County Jail and caught in the icy death grip of the urb ...

PG&E’s Auburn canal fence now up to save lives after rash of deaths

Pacific Gas & Electric safety measures are now in place along Auburn’s deadly Wise Canal. The 3-mile section of the canal has been fenced on the public trail side from Rock Creek ...

Probe links alcohol, drugs to Auburn canal death cluster

Autopsy results on five bodies found in Auburn’s Wise Canal showed evidence of very high levels of drugs or alcohol in all the victims. A report issued by the Placer Count ...

PG&E help on way for Auburn’s Wise Canal Death Zone

Responding to safety concerns in the wake of five recent deaths, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced plans today to string potentially life-saving grab cables across Auburn’s Wi ...

Rash of Auburn canal deaths spark homeless camp safety patrols

A series of unexplained canal deaths in Auburn is sparking Pacific Gas & Electric into action. With five bodies recovered from the Auburn stretch of the Wise Canal in the past 16 ...

The Death Zone: Five bodies found in Auburn canal leave unanswered questions

Five bodies recovered from the Wise Canal over 16 months – including three since March 26 – are unusual, an Auburn Police spokesman said Tuesday. But there continue to be no i ...

Auburn drowning victim a "hermit" who left death a mystery

By the look of things – after his body was recovered from the Wise Canal in North Auburn last week – the man with the scraggly, graying beard and the unkempt, long hair could h ...