Coroner identifies body found in Pogo...

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

There are 85 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Nov 16, 2010, titled Coroner identifies body found in Pogonip as Michael DiVerde, missing since July. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

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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Robert

Santa Clara, CA

#37 Nov 17, 2010
Becky Johnson wrote:
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.
How about they crash at your place?

Anybody arrested for "under the influence" need a mandatory 72 hrs in the hole...that should clean their system. After that, they get a one way ticket to their hometown! That will get rid of many of the offenders...let another town help with the problem as we know many were attracted to Santa Cruz becuase of the lax enforcement and ready supply of drugs!
Tim

Santa Cruz, CA

#38 Nov 17, 2010
I'm so **** sorry to hear that Michael DiVerde didn't make it home.:( When I heard he was missing I posted notices on several of the California missing persons websites.

I don't know Mr. DiVerde personally but we have young people with schizophrenia and learning disabilities in my family. It is difficult as hell to see a beloved, formerly healthy young adult's life disintegrate. I've heard about how hard his mom has worked over the years to try to keep Mr. DiVerde safe and healthy.

May God and the compassion of other human beings be with Michael DiVerde's mother and other family and friends. Rest assured that there were many, many of us in Santa Cruz praying for his safe return.
Jarhead

United States

#40 Nov 17, 2010
rest in peace troubled man.
lala

Santa Cruz, CA

#41 Nov 17, 2010
I was so torn in "hoping it was him for closure for the family" and wishing it wasn't him, so that he may still be alive. May this finally bring the peace that every mother needs.
Does this

Santa Maria, CA

#43 Nov 17, 2010
mean that the Sentinel doesn't support free speech? I simply asked the question if the K-9 that found Mr. DiVerde is entitled to the reward money. I wasn't be insensitive on the issue, the Dog or the trainer should be entitled to the funds to donate to a charity like a public outreach for those with Mental illness. Please Sentinel, stop deleting postings and support free speech, we can handle the loosers that post rude and insensitive material, sit back and watch free speech work it's magic.
just sayin

Alamo, CA

#47 Nov 17, 2010
Big Fella wrote:
<quoted text>F U
With the risk of being hypocritical, I suggest that this cold hearted jack a** be ignored. He is looking for negative attention.
The death of this once vibrant young man is very sad. He suffered from a mental illness that was difficult to treat. It's horrible for a mother to watch her son deteriorate despite all her efforts to help him. RIP Michael DiVerde. I didn't know you, but I am sad for your loss.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#48 Nov 18, 2010
seamonkey wrote:
<quoted text>
Insensitive, heartless, cruel, ignorant.
Now now, don't be so hard on yourself.
Games

Fremont, CA

#49 Nov 18, 2010
I have lived here my entire life. I watched how we moved the drug problem from one area to the next to have it of course settle heavily into this area. Chopping down trees and chasing human beings out who are addicted will only move the problem around. This is not a solution.
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 " **** ".
Charles lee

Palmdale, CA

#50 Nov 23, 2010
Mike was a great friend and I loved the years of surfing and friendship I had with him. Knowing him well I was so sad to here the direction his life turned. He brought much fun and happiness to me and my friends I was at the same point he was at in our lives when we were in our early twenties. I feel truly blessed my life did not go down such a tragic road and ending. I only hope there are lots of great bowling a frames in heaven without a bunch of kooks he has to share with. Keep RIPping Diverde you are missed.
Rembering who Mike was

Mundelein, IL

#51 Nov 29, 2010
Hi all...just wanted to comment on some posts by friends and strangers alike. I was lucky enough to meet Mike in 3rd grade and become great friends with him up through high school. A tragic injury while we played football and hanging with the wrong crowd in Santa Cruz, I believe, led him down a path most would not take so willingly. Mike was well liked, he was "the man" as considered by myself and other very close friends. He was someone that I admired and competed with so I could be a better person. He came from a good home, thanks to his parents, brother, and close friends, and had all the opportunities, but like someone mentioned, we all have our demons that we fight, no matter how trivial it may seem to you, these challenges can mean the difference between happiness and saddness, success and failure, and in this unforunate instance, life or death. I will always remember the good times, jazz band, riding our bikes to school, jr. high dances, prom, our spanish video, football games, etc. Mike is someone who was loved and has a family, just like the rest of us...so at least show some respect, because in the end, we are all people, we are all human, and we all deserve respect in the end.
God Bless you Mikey...may your soul be at rest and you'll be remembered by all of your family and friends. Your boy...BS
Anon

Oakland, CA

#52 Nov 30, 2010
I was one of those girls who admired Mike in high school, and 15 years out find it hard to believe this is the fate of a sweet and genuine person. Rest in peace, you will be missed.
Dave

Santa Cruz, CA

#54 Apr 6, 2011
I remember this guy from surfing the Lane. My heart goes out to his family. As far as Pogonip it is a refuge for bottom of the barrell criminals. They are up there clearing trees right now and I think its a good idea. Its good for the forest and provides less of a hideout for crime. Our forest in Santa Cruz county is not a refuge for bad behavior. What about Pogonip Jane. Killed and dumped up there and none of the homeless helped identify her killers. When Mike overdosed up there nobody called for help. They just left him there. Why fight for the rights of these people? Becky?
cruznative

El Cerrito, CA

#55 Apr 9, 2011
End "sanctuary city" and the "mexican transit authority" (gang wannabe mafia) that is the main direct line source for the majority of drugs coming in from south of the border. Enforce our immigration laws and end ALL programs to entice these illegals who are corrupting OUR society. Read the cops & calenders and WAKE UP!!!

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#56 Apr 12, 2011
These comments should be a reminder that homeless people are not throwaways. They are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and sometimes fathers and mothers to loved ones. It takes a pretty horrible tragedy to wind up homeless---a job loss, an eviction, an illness, domestic violence, a messy divorce,a mental illness, etc. Many of these are beyond the person's control.

Once homeless, a person is more prone to depression, isolation, and more likely to use drugs and alcohol.

What is needed is compassion, supportive services, more drug and alcohol rehab, more job training, better medical and mental health resources, and more HOUSING!!
Both subsidized and affordable.

Money spent citing and arresting homeless people for BEING homeless is money MISSPENT!
Buzz

Capitola, CA

#57 Apr 12, 2011
Becky Johnson wrote:
These comments should be a reminder that homeless people are not throwaways. They are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and sometimes fathers and mothers to loved ones. It takes a pretty horrible tragedy to wind up homeless---a job loss, an eviction, an illness, domestic violence, a messy divorce,a mental illness, etc. Many of these are beyond the person's control.
Once homeless, a person is more prone to depression, isolation, and more likely to use drugs and alcohol.
What is needed is compassion, supportive services, more drug and alcohol rehab, more job training, better medical and mental health resources, and more HOUSING!!
Both subsidized and affordable.
Money spent citing and arresting homeless people for BEING homeless is money MISSPENT!
Since you've never spent a nickel or actually helped a homeless person you've earned no credibility. Your grandstanding has hurt the homeless by "turning off" potential donors and supporters.
Reality Check

United States

#58 Apr 12, 2011
Becky Johnson wrote:
...It takes a pretty horrible tragedy to wind up homeless---a job loss, an eviction, an illness, domestic violence, a messy divorce,a mental illness, etc. Many of these are beyond the person's control...
Then there are those who sire multiple children, then leave for parts unknown to 'change the world with their music'(aka "I don't really like to work.")
Siler

Antioch, CA

#59 Apr 12, 2011
Becky Idiot Johnson wrote:
Money spent citing and arresting homeless people for BEING homeless is money MISSPENT!
BJ, you're such a moron and a liar.

You managed to omit the other little things that get your bums arrested:

Rape
Arson
Theft
Burglary
Vandalism

Bums who commit the above crimes are arrested for the crime, the fact that they are also bums is immaterial.
Donny B

Annandale, VA

#60 Apr 12, 2011
Becky Johnson wrote:
These comments should be a reminder that homeless people are not throwaways. They are sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and sometimes fathers and mothers to loved ones. It takes a pretty horrible tragedy to wind up homeless---a job loss, an eviction, an illness, domestic violence, a messy divorce,a mental illness, etc. Many of these are beyond the person's control.
Once homeless, a person is more prone to depression, isolation, and more likely to use drugs and alcohol.
What is needed is compassion, supportive services, more drug and alcohol rehab, more job training, better medical and mental health resources, and more HOUSING!!
Both subsidized and affordable.
Money spent citing and arresting homeless people for BEING homeless is money MISSPENT!
BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. BJ... you, Norse, and HUFF are nothing but talk. Why don't YOU do something substantive for the homeless besides using them to sustain your own massive egos?

“Pearls before swine”

Since: Mar 08

Santa Cruz, CA.

#61 Apr 13, 2011
CALLING homeless people "bums" shows prejudice. Many of those people became homeless by serving in the armed forces but being unable to integrate back into civilized society. I never served in the armed forces but MANY homeless people have. Many lived long, successful lives, raised families, etc, but became homeless due to a job loss juxtaposed against high rents.

The LAST thing a homeless person needs is to get kicked again while they're down. Citing them for sitting down, using a blanket, sleeping, begging, or for sitting on a park bench too long---there is NO EVIDENCE that this kind of policing actually leads to less of this kind of "behavior." Sitting on a sidewalk unobstructively cannot REALLY be called a "crime." Homeless people will STILL sit down, beg, use blankets, and sleep.
Buzz

Capitola, CA

#62 Apr 13, 2011
Becky Johnson wrote:
CALLING homeless people "bums" shows prejudice. Many of those people became homeless by serving in the armed forces but being unable to integrate back into civilized society. I never served in the armed forces but MANY homeless people have. Many lived long, successful lives, raised families, etc, but became homeless due to a job loss juxtaposed against high rents.
The LAST thing a homeless person needs is to get kicked again while they're down. Citing them for sitting down, using a blanket, sleeping, begging, or for sitting on a park bench too long---there is NO EVIDENCE that this kind of policing actually leads to less of this kind of "behavior." Sitting on a sidewalk unobstructively cannot REALLY be called a "crime." Homeless people will STILL sit down, beg, use blankets, and sleep.
The homeless you defend are BUMS, except for murderers, child molesters, domestic abusers, pedophiles, sex offenders, arsonists, vandals, panhandlers, drug abusers, thieves, etc. Your homeless-by-choice deserve no more respect than than they show the society they leech off. You're truly despicable for trying to lump your BUMS with the homeless due to no fault of their own and are willing to work and contribute to society. THEY have dignity and are worthy of respect and a helping hand----Nothing YOU offer.

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