CALIFORNIA—A man was found dead on Tuesday, July 9, crushed under a vehicle, several miles away from Ridgecrest, the epicenter of last weeks earthquakes. Officials are investing the individual’s death.
The victim has been identified as a 56-year-old man, who was found under a vehilce in Pahrump, Nevada. He was missing for six days, according to a video press release from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.
He was last seen alive July 3. The male appeared to be working on his vehicle at the time of his death, Sergeant Adam Tippett indicated.
“Based on preliminary timing and circumstances at the scene, his death may be the result of the vehicle falling off the jacks on July 4th during the earthquake,” said Tippett.
The earthquake hit July 4 with a magnitude of 6.4 and struck cities throughout California and Nevada. Another earthquake with the magnitude of 7.1 followed on July 5. This is the first reported possible fatality from both earthquakes.
The identity of the victim is being held pending notification of next of kin. The city of Pahrump is approximately 120 miles from Ridgecrest, California the epicenter of both major earthquakes.