SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
CORONER CASE INFORMATION SHEET
REPORTING & ASSIGNMENT:
Officers Assigned Gassett, C.H. 0067 [HW: chg] Case Number 8601-1284
Reported By Cooley, Earle C. Date 1-25-86 Time 0700 hrs.
Address 9369 Nightingale Drive, L.A. 90069 Phone (213)654-5681
Decedent’s Name Hubbard, LaFayette Ronald Age 74 DOB 3-13-11
Address Star Route, Creston, CA SSN#568-09-9422
Place of Death Emmanuel Camp Date 1-24-86 Time 2000 hrs.
Did Physician Pronounce Death? Yes If Yes, Who? Dr. Denk
Regular Physician Dr. Gene Franklin Denk N5502264 Telephone (213)467-5200
Date Decedent Last Seen by Any Physician
Date Decedent Last Seen by Regular Physician 1-24-86 0800 hrs.
Known Illness and/or Medication of Decedent
Was Medication Seized? No Was a Will Located? Yes Was the
Decadent’s Residence Sealed or Released to Next of Kin?
Mortuary Making Removal Reis Funeral, San Luis Obispo
Was Mortuary Directed to Obtain Samples of Blood and Urine? No
Decedent’s Property Left at scene
Disposition of Property
Next of Kin Mary Sue Hubbard Relationship wife
Address L.A. Telephone
Was Next of Kin Notified? Yes By Whom? Norman F. Starkey 1404 Catalina, Hollywood
Was Coroner’s Investigator Notified? Yes Who? (213)660-0761 (213)466-3310
Brief Resume of Circumstances Surrounding Death See supplemental
SAN LUIS OBISPO SHERIFFS OFFICE
SAN LUIS OBISPO SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
-25-86 0730 Hrs.
[De]puty Bang and I were advised via telephone of a home death on O’Donovan Road east of
[Cr]eston. We were advised by Deputy Don Hugh that Reis Chapel was enroute to that location
[to] make the removal of the body, and Detective Coroner Don Hines requested that we go to
[th]e area and check for anything out of the ordinary.
[Th]e scene is located on O’Donovan Road approximately five miles east of Creston. The
[dr]iveway leading to the scene is marked by a sign stating, “Emanuel Camp”. Upon turning
[ri]ght at that sign, which is south, you travel approximately one half mile on a dirt road
[be]fore coming to a white fence. This white fence 1s around the perimeter of a 160 acre
[ra]nch. There 1s a large man made pond approximately three acres in size, also a horse
[ra]ce track with an observation tower in the center of the track. Located on the premises
[i]s a large white house that sets on a knoll top above the race track and pond. There are
[st]ables located southwest of the pond where recreational vehicles are parked behind the
[D]eputy Bang and I arrived at the Hubbard Ranch at approximately 0800 hours. We were given
[di]rections to meet the reporting parties at the stables. At that time I contacted Earle
[Co]oley, who identified himself as Layfayette Ronald Hubbard’s attorney. Mr. Cooley then
[in]troduced me to Dr. Gene Denk and identified him as Mr. Hubbard’s private physician. Dr.
[De]nk then advised me that Mr, Hubbard had died on 1-24-86 at approximately 2000 hours the
[da]y before. I then asked Dr. Denk and Mr. Cooley why the delay in contacting the
[Sh]eriff’s Department. They advised that they wanted to get the will together and expedite
[th]e procedures for cremation of Mr. Hubbard’s remains.
[De]puty Bang and I then requested to observe the body. We were taken to a motorhome behind
[th]e stables in which the body was located. The license number on the motorhome, 1DSP131.
[We] entered the motorhome, which was in immaculate condition and observed the deceased
[l]ying in a bed in the back of the motorhome. The air conditioner was running in the
[mo]torhome. We then went to the back of the motorhome where the deceased way laying and
[ma]de a visual observation of him. We did not detect any evidence of foul play. Dr. Denk
[ad]vised us that Mr. Hubbard had a stroke approximately one week prior to his death, and
[th]at the cause of death was from the stroke.
[I] received a copy of the will of Mr. Hubbard from Mr. Cooley. As I checked over the will,
[I] noted that it was dated on 1-23-86 and signed by Mr. Hubbard.
[Af]ter taking possession of the will, I requested to use the telephone. At that time, we
[we]nt to the main house where I used the phone to contact Detective Coroner Hines. I
[ad]vised him that I had a copy of the will and that it was dated 1-23-86. He advised that
[he] would like to take possession of the copy as soon as possible. Deputy Bang and I then
[sh]eared from the call as Reis Chapel arrived to take possession of the body.
SAN LUIS OBISPO SHERIFFS OFFICE
SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT 8601-01284
[x] then took the copy of the will to Reis Chapel where the body of Mr.Hubbard was to be
[tr]ansported. I met with Detective Coroner Don Hines at Reis Chapel in San Luis Obispo and
[tu]rned the copy of the will over to same.
C. Gassett, Deputy #0067
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