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

  1. Holly Williams January 24, 2021 at 1:35 pm #

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

     
  2. Kandis Moore January 24, 2021 at 8:41 am #

    They put him down due to old age

     
  3. Jeanine Hooks January 24, 2021 at 1:13 am #

    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.

     
  4. silis January 21, 2021 at 10:50 am #

    does anyone know where his dog is

     

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