Coroner identifies body found in Pogonip as Michael DiVerde, missing since July

Full story: Santa Cruz Sentinel

The remains of a man found in Pogonip earlier this month were identified as Michael DiVerde, the County Coroner's office confirmed Tuesday.
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J for the Halibut

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God Bless, and may you rest in peace.

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My condolences to Michael's friends and family. I hope this confirmation of his death by discovery of his remains will bring you some closure. Please ignore many of the posts made in this forum, as it is frequented by some very cruel and insensitive people who hide behind anonymity.
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My heart is with the family of Michaels.
I hope you find comfort from your worries, and strength in the your days ahead.
I'm so sorry he was left out in cold in more ways than one.
I am so glad he was found and returned to his family.
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Here is what you do with places like that.
The "pogonip" oh for crying out loud!! What you do is....
get a big lumber company like Big Creek and harvest all the older timber. That would cause alot less density.These screwballs would be less likely to use that place for drugs. Then when the economy picks up, have sweeps goin through there often with dogs. Clean the place up!!
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know peace
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Big Fella wrote:
One less junkie!
I personally knew Michael Diverde.He was one of the most kindhearted & trusting souls I have ever known or ever will know.He came from a wonderful loving family and has many childhood friends that are mourning over his tragic death.One definition I found of "junkie" is one who has an insatiable interest of devotion to something.Yes Michael was a junkie.He was a bodyboarding / ocean loving junkie.Michael could not stay away from the ocean.Unfortunately that love of the ocean led my friend to an underground life in Santa Cruz that not many people realize exists.(I dont mean the loving/hippy/potsmoking culture)It was because of Michael's trusting nature he was led down the serious road of addiction.Unfortunately I will never see my friend again and I will have to live the rest of my life missing him.Fortunately I had the pleasure & honor of knowing Michael for over 25 years and I would like to thank his family & the real "Big Fella" for that.We all have our demons but we all can't over come them.As far as anyone commenting about my friends death that did not know him I ask you this "Who are you to judge?".
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How many more people are going to die, be killed or have their lives ruined by drugs, drug sales and druggies before positive action is taken to clean out the hell-hole called the Pogonip?

Clear cut the trees, turn it into a golf course, or build affordable housing on the site.

ANY use of the property would be better than the current situation.

The "greenbelt" appears to be more like a "noose".
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This is so sad for his mother. His mental illness and perhaps related drug use were the death of him. RIP Michael DiVerde. You were loved.
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Drugs are a beeatch
Mandatory life sentences for dealers. Crushing fines and deportation for parents of minors involved in sales or affiliated with gangs that are. And for God's sake quit enabling the lifestyle by handing out free food to the junkies.

Finally, develop pogonip. Give it back to the community
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Michael was a great guy. He had the stoke for the ocean and he was a very creative artist. My condolences go out to his family. You guys did a great job of supporting him throughout all of his ups and downs.I just wanted to share a story that might comfort his mom. Michael frequently shared a bodyboarding video with me, at my request of course. It was a well shot video of mike killing it at spots like the lane, it's, and 4 mile. He loved that video and was so stoked that you took the time to film him at all those places over the years. I hope you find comfort in finally finding answers to your questions.

God bless
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So many vulnerable people disappear and found dead around here in the last year. Strange how people are found like this in the woods, on the beach, in the creeks, on the side of the road, just so strange.
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I am sorry for your loss also. This is tragic that the mental health system failed this man. Whoever had him under their care should be held responsible. And for you that are saying "One less Junkie" and all that, get a life, do something good instead of bread hate you lowlife troll punk.
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Wescruz wrote:
Here is what you do with places like that.
The "pogonip" oh for crying out loud!! What you do is....
get a big lumber company like Big Creek and harvest all the older timber. That would cause alot less density.These screwballs would be less likely to use that place for drugs. Then when the economy picks up, have sweeps goin through there often with dogs. Clean the place up!!
Insensitive, heartless, cruel, ignorant.
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For the record, in High School Mike was THE man. All the guys wanted to be his friend, all the girls wanted to be his girlfriend. He was the one of the kindest people I've ever met and had a smile that lit up a room. In High School he sustained a football injury which triggered these mental issue and subsequently lead him to a substance abuse problem.
Rather than coming on here and bashing him for something that was beyond his control, maybe you should have a little sympathy for his family and friends who just lost someone they loved dearly. Mike was somebody's son, brother and friend. Put yourself in their shoes. Surley you wouldn't want someone saying these things if it was one of your loved ones being written about here. How about either keeping your mouth shut or offering your condolensces to a woman who is mourning the loss of her son!
Though I have not seen Mike in many years, I am very sad that he lost his life at such a young age and am praying for him, his family and all of his other friends that are missing him. I can only hope that somehow they find comfort in knowing that Mike is finally at peace.
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Big Fella wrote:
<quoted text> Not judging just giving my opinion that this world is better off with one less junkie! Boo Hoo
Hey, Big Fella, I dare you to out yourself and tell us who you really are. Then -- maybe -- you would be properly ashamed of yourself.
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John Galt wrote:
How many more people are going to die, be killed or have their lives ruined by drugs, drug sales and druggies before positive action is taken to clean out the hell-hole called the Pogonip?
Clear cut the trees, turn it into a golf course, or build affordable housing on the site.
ANY use of the property would be better than the current situation.
The "greenbelt" appears to be more like a " **** ".
Well sort of what I was blogging above. Of course I got scewered with disagreeable
"judge" comments. But what can one expect around the little capitol of the Sierra Club??
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the only thing that mowing down the pogonip would do is send the junkies deeper into the woods up highway nine, or perhaps out to the west side or something. the dope dealers are not suddenly going to become less greedy, the junkies are not suddenly going to become clean and sober just because they cut down some trees. they will just find another spot to do their dope, and deal. the trees in the pogonip are irreplaceable. want to get rid of the junkies... stiffer penalties for dealers, and manditory drug treatment for the addicts. the result would be a bunch of new treatment centers which would provide some jobs for the community of santa cruz.
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I met this man and he was truly a kind soul. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

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LOWER OCEAN LOCAL WRITES: "want to get rid of the junkies... stiffer penalties for dealers, and manditory drug treatment for the addicts."

BECKY: The penalties are already stiff enough, but what we lack is any kind of system to treat addiction. At any given time, we have space for only TWO indigent drug addicts at one time. This is like spitting in a bucket. If we are serious about CURING heroin, crank, and meth addiction, then we need to fund treatment centers. JANUS does great work, but they need to be properly funded to make any kind of dent in the problem.

Oh, and housing is a HUGE help for homeless people who are trying to quit drugs.
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Thanks to the moderators for removing what I assume was insensitive commentary. It's terrible for families and friends to read that kind of trash about someone they loved and will miss forever.

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