Rohnert Park man dies after falling off rock

March 22, 2010 4:13:19 PM PDT
An autopsy is being performed Monday on a Rohnert Park man who died after falling from a rock outcropping at Lake Berryessa on Thursday afternoon.

Rodney Thompson, 24, and his girlfriend were camping at Berryessa Estates near Pope Valley when they decided to go for a walk, Napa County sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart said this morning.

They stopped and sat down on an outcropping about a mile away, Stuart said. Thompson was sitting with his back to the water when he fell backward at about 4:30 p.m. and landed 30 feet below in about nine feet of water, Stuart said.

Thompson's girlfriend went for help and someone called 911, Stuart said. Sheriff's deputies were summoned around 4:45 p.m.

Thompson was pronounced dead at the scene, Stuart said.

His girlfriend said they had both been drinking alcohol, and drugs may also have been a factor in the fall, Stuart said.

It's unclear whether Thompson died from the fall or from drowning, Stuart said. Toxicology tests will help determine the cause of death.


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