Accidental death of a man at Saline Valley Warm Springs on December 20, 2020

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and the National Park Service report an accidental death of a man at Saline Valley Warm Springs on December 20, 2020. Donald Vanneman III was a 63-year-old resident of San Francisco.

Warm Springs Campground, along with all other Death Valley National Park campgrounds, is temporarily closed due to California’s Regional Stay at Home Orders. The volunteer campground host noticed Mr. Vanneman’s vehicle but was unable to find him early on December 20. Later that day, two park visitors discovered his body in the Palm Springs source pool.

National Park Service regulations prohibit entry directly into the source pool at Palm Springs. Bathing is normally allowed in the man-made soaking tubs; however those are currently drained and closed due to COVID restrictions.

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Holly Williams
Holly Williams
1 year ago

They killed it. No joke. It’s in the article.

Charles James
1 year ago
Reply to  Holly Williams

There certainly is more to this story according the follow=up story in the SFGate “San Francisco man’s unusual death in Death Valley thermal pool alarms hot springs community.”

Kandis Moore
Kandis Moore
1 year ago

They put him down due to old age

Jeanine Hooks
Jeanine Hooks
1 year ago

I read in S F Gate that they found his dog alive, but because he was old, they put him down. Which if he was healthy, seems wrong, to me.

silis
silis
1 year ago

does anyone know where his dog is