At 7:20 AM, Sun., Nov. 3, emergency personnel discovered a burned body at the scene of a fire at the men’s restroom at Crespi Pond at the Golf Links. Reports were that a man was seen running across the golf course, covered in flames, toward Crespi Pond. Multiple people had called 9-1-1.
Though the responding sergeant put out the fire which had engulfed the man, the man did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mo. Co. Sheriff’s Coroner took control of the body pending an autopsy and identification.
56-year-old Richard Hafner of Pacific Grove has been identified as the victim. His identity had been held pending notification of next of kin. Results of the autopsy have not yet been released.
A 2004-2006 Mercedes belonging to Hafner was found parked nearby. Officers told KSBW-TV they could smell some type of flammable liquid, but said it was not clear if there was any foul play involved. The coroner’s office is not releasing any further information as to the cause of death. Investigators are not ruling out arson or suicide.
“We are assured it was an isolated incident and that there’s no evidence that there was more than one person involved,” said a police spokesman, though PGPD are investigating the death as suspicious, and are not ruling out arson or suicide. If anyone has any information, they are urged to call the police department at 831-648-3143.