UPDATE: Dead Person Found in Clayton

November 5, 2012 16:13 pm · 53 comments

As we first reported, a dead person was found on Monday morning in Westwood Park, which is located behind Safeway in Clayton.

According to the Clayton Police, they received a call about a 40’s white male adult sitting and leaning on a tree in the Westwood Park near the walking trail.

The caller advised that the male had blood on his arm and appeared to be injured. Clayton Police Officers responded and found a deceased white adult male with significant trauma to his body.

The victim’s injuries appeared to be self-inflicted. A handgun was found near the victim’s body.

The victim’s identity is not known at this time.

There were no signs of foul play and the Clayton Police Department is investigating this incident as an apparent suicide.

Anon November 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Clayton Police Officers responded.

…Both of them?

Really?! November 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

So sad.

D November 5, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Tis the season. That’s so sad. My sympathies to his family.

iamerica November 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Makes me so mad. Hopefully this guy doesn’t have a family. When people take their life, it is the ultimate selfish act. Now he may have ruine the lives of his kids and wife too… Financial burdens don’t die with you!

Duane Fortier November 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

May the Lord bless his soul….

perla November 5, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So sad, I’m glad kids were not around.

Late November 5, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Just consider it a late term abortion. Should be legal to kill your baby or yourself any time you want. It’s called a persons right to choose.

bee November 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

jesus show some compassion ms baz

Mister Wister November 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

What a moronic comment.

Original G November 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

When pain of today is greater than the pain of tomorrow …
Our society will go to a doctor for a broken ankle or a sore back, but not for a debilitating mental health crisis, sad. Mental pain is like no other, people shut down, isolate … they just want their pain to stop.

Claycord used to have crisis info and help numbers on side columns of the page ? ? ?

Hello November 5, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What’s going on in Clayton. A little scary.

iamerica November 5, 2012 at 6:03 PM

I feel bad for the family not this guy though. It shouldn’t be legal to kill yourself. I been through the after math and I know it’s absolutely the most selfish, destructive thing a person can do to their family. The financial burdens you take from your shoulder when you kill yourself just becomes someone else’s. am I right? Indeed. In my mind a soul goes on when it does by the hand of god, not by your own. It’s just not natural. Cruel and sadly not unusual. Like a poster before me said tis’ the season… That reminds me it is almost that season… Cheers, Live Long and Prosper.

kai November 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

My thoughts go out to the family but also the responders who had to deal with it. My dad was a fire fighter for 30 years and specialized as a paramedic for the last part of his career. He never got over each person who chose to take their life. The few wins you get by saving a life can never balance out the ones that are lost.

So Sad November 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Suicide is a permanent fix to a temporary problem (most of the time).
At least this person was not selfish taking others with him. God bless him and his family.

Acc November 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

So sad. Sorry u felt this was the only way out and I hope u r at peace now. May I thank you for keeping this as private as you did? Thank you for not shutting down a freeway or a bridge or BART or hurting someone else in the process. Or making someone end it for you. RIP sir.

Mad Mom November 5, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Always so sad when someone feels they have no other choice. RIP Condolences to his family

Sherlock Holmes November 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

am i the only one seeing several things wrong with this? significant trauma to his body, self inflicted? 0_o like, what did he do? beat himself against the tree? also… found the gun NEAR the body. not beside it, not in his lap, not in his hand. im a forensic files addict, and all of that just sounds off. seems to me its more like a case of lazy police work and they just want to label it a suicide so no real work has to be done.

Craig Cannon November 5, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Help is always out here, if you reach out for it. I’m so sorry someone could not connect with you before it was too late. Condolences to those around you who are hurt by your act of desperation. I hope Jesus forgives you, and provides you peace and rest, in the next step of your journey.

NRA #1 fan and member November 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Luckily he used the gun on himself than on others. Again, guns don’t kill……PEOPLE KILL

WOW November 5, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Some of you people are nutty, killing yourself in a loaction where kids and other people are present. If your going to be a coward and take your life, do it in your own house damn.

the other November 5, 2012 at 7:49 PM

His name was Michael. He was a good friend and he will be missed.
I’m sad he wouldn’t talk to any of our friends or get help and saw this as a way out. I will continue to pray for you Michael.

dj November 5, 2012 at 8:10 PM

So sad. THANKS SO MUCH for not tying up traffic, or doing any other bonehead moves to inconvenience the public.

Claycord mom November 5, 2012 at 8:43 PM

@ the other
Michael who? Do you have a last name?
Was he from Clayton?

So sorry to hear about this. That is so sad!!!
I will be praying for Michael and his family.

@sherlock holmes November 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

And this is why you are a wanna be in forensics. This usually means self inflicted gsw. Probably to the head, which explains why there would be a gun near by, significant injury to the body and blood on his hands. Don’t quit your day job, buddy.

Tamie November 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

He was a good guy! I knew him well and Im so sorry to hear of this news. Its very sad. He had many friends and a gf that took great care of him. I feel for her. She is traumatized by this and we all hurt for her and his family.

Anonymom November 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

I’m sorry this person felt this was the only answer. In a park with a handgun however…really could have had an even more tragic outcome.

teri November 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ‘1-800-273-TALK (8255)’

Deb and Neal November 5, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Mike was a kind soul who we always enjoyed seeing at Vinnies. He will be missed.

a mothers heart November 5, 2012 at 9:17 PM

When people reach the depths of depression that they are suicidal, their only thought is to end their pain, not that they might hold up traffic… They are not thinking clearly or rationally. Perhaps they choose to do it away from home for fears of Leaving bad memories for the family, perhaps he hoped someone might stop him….who knows. I have been down that road myself and thankfully, sought help. Depression is temporary, and there is help out there. Also, there is nothing wrong with taking medication if you need it, to prevent or control depression and anxiety. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, some people need help with seratonin levels in the brain. Please don’t judge this man. The stigmas associated with mental health issues, are often what make people too ashamed to seek help. Learn from this, if you are feeling like suicide is the only way out, it us not. I am now happy, married, typical soccer mom….you can call 911 anytime and they will get you safe, and get help finding the right path of therapy or meds, and share your pain with a trusted friend, sometimes just knowing people care is enough. This might happen less if we had more compassion and less blame….

lillypad November 5, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I saw him. And I will never forget what he look like. My heart goes ouy to his family. Rip

Franky November 5, 2012 at 9:50 PM

We lost a dear cousin this morning also…in the very same way., Our family is devastated by the loss of our very talented, funny and handsome young man of 41. So sad, for the fellow in Clayton and so sad for our cousin and those of us he left behind….

Wanting to know November 5, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Does this Michael have a last name? Did he live in the area?

Benzo November 6, 2012 at 5:25 AM

mike baldwin from concord

@NRA #1 November 6, 2012 at 6:22 AM

luckily?????? yeh, because that’s all it is – luck.

Maybe if he didn’t have access to a gun, it wouldn’t have been as easy to kill himself and he would have sought help.

Not buying it….

Starfish November 6, 2012 at 8:08 AM
Sparkerdoo November 6, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Has any of you EVER tried reasoning with somebody who has depression or schizophrenia to get help? You have more of a chance getting your dog to seek the help.
These poor souls, who aren’t in their right minds, think we’re ALL crazy! They are lonely, fighting a battle inside their own body, they have nothing to look forward to. All they know is people are looking at them as thou they are crazy . . . Yet they don’t think so.
So what do you do with someone like this? You call the police to get them help on a 5150….the person gets scared and runs….now it’s a crime – evading police…..the police assume the person is on drugs, and the person who is scared becomes combative…. The police lock him up naked, for 48 hrs….he comes hour 72 hours later with burns on his back and arm, more scared than ever, because they have just lived through a horrible psychotic episode, and doesn’t know fact from fiction and not once saw a Dr.to assess him.
How do you get that person to call a suicide line, or go get meds…let alone take them every day. How do you get the help this person so desperately needs?
I may not know a whole lot about these diseases, but I am assuming I will….my son is this person and we can’t do a damn thing about it……and I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN ASKINGI
As i sit here crying while reading this story, I can only hope one day, my beautiful son doesn’t hold up traffic for any of you…….

anonmama November 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM

wonder if this is the same guy that was sitting in our court (by the creek) when my daughter came home from work (he scared her- it was about 10pm) My husband went out after to see what was up, he said he was taking a break. He stayed for awhile and then he left. I hope this was not the same guy. 🙁 RIP sorry for your troubles.

Sweetbling November 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Afraid that due to the economy and the loss of work, it can cause mental and emotional distress! Though it can be viewed as temporary, people can lose hope for the future. Mike was a good friend of mine and many others and we did not know how deep his pain was. So many of us were there for him, without any idea this was on his mind. I am sadden by his actions, and the realization he is gone…

huetomier November 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM


Jess November 6, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Rest in peace… for those who have left a comment about this person and this unfortunate act, you obviously are very judgmental and have no heart or sympathy for those who are living a life of true pain and mental agony. This condition IS REAL and it affects so many people.. sometimes its just temporary, other times it leaves a debilitating scar that wont go away no matter how hard they try. It’s not a decision they make to feel the way they do.. It’s just beyond sad… i just cant imagine how intense he must have felt moments before he took his life. Very immature of you and I hope you someday realize how good you might have it while others are suffering. My sympathies go straight to his family and friends.. God bless.

WoW November 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Man oh man are you Clayton residents jaded jeeze thanks for not tying up traffic or delaying BART are you serious? Have a little compassion it was a human life that was lost

Jess November 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

i completely agree with you!!

anon November 6, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Sparkerdoo, I feel for you. We went through this with my sister. It is such a helpless feeling. Makes me so angry we can’t mandate help for those truly not comprehending it is they who need the help. Unfortunately we can not. After years of the most bizarre journey you’d ever want to hear about, heartbreak after heartbreak… she finally got help.. but not one minute before she was ready. PLEASE seek out help from NAMI and possibly al-anon for families. You will have to let go. It is so hard to do, but you can’t do it without their help. It is an horrific disease to watch. 5150s in this county result in little more than hours being held . There’s just not enough room. This county is a disgusting mess for the mentally ill and there is simply not enough help to those who want it , much less for those who think they dont’ need it. Hang in there.. pray. Only offer help that results in an inpatient admission. Do not be co-dependent. Do not do for them. It is so hard to do, but the more they have the crutch of family or friends the more they’ll never realize how much trouble they’re really in.

Good luck to you. Get help for YOU. You can’t care more than they do. I know that sounds means, but we can’t lock them up against their will. If he’s an adult there is nothing you can do without their consent. IF he’s a minor, then yes, check him in to a center immediately.

anon November 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Sparkerdoo, I meant to give you the link for NAMI. Lots of support for family, and LOTS of people who have been where you are:


trina November 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Please join us for a night of sharing memories and stories about Mikey. As he would want, we will be serving MEAT,drinking and dancing. Bring your favorite store about Mikey and a side dish if you like.
Unless of course you are one of the idiots above that didnt know him and have no idea what the hell you are talking about. Thanks.

trina November 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Sorry, all the copy didnt copy, Memorial service at Vinnies bar , Nov.17,6pm.

@ Trina November 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Amen, Trina. Well put!
“Unless of course you are one of the idiots above that didnt know him and have no idea what the hell you are talking about. “

Concernicus November 6, 2012 at 6:58 PM

@4: its ~almost~ as selfish as trying to guilt someone to keep living when they obviously have a much tougher life than you do. and dont give me that “EVERYONE has it tough!” bull, either. death will always happen….its a blessing if it happens on your own terms. blaming the victim doesnt make anything better, and it certainly doesnt make you look like a good person. or even half a good person. so do us all a favor and if youve got nothing nice to say, shove it where the sun dont shine.

Concernicus November 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

@19: also, id really like to hear 10 things you can do with a gun that do NOT include killing things.

J. November 6, 2012 at 7:19 PM

@Concernicus #50
1. Put some tracer bullets in it and fire away.
2. Put a moving target on a clotheline and fire away.
3. Take a picture of something you hate and shoot at it.
4. Try to hit a picture printed off of the internet. Look for anything you want to shoot at on the internet, whether it is big game animals, dinosaurs, aircraft, or even aliens.
5. Fill some condoms with colored water or Jello and fire away.
6. Use clothes pins to attach targets to a string stretched tightly. When you hit the target, it should spin on the line.
7. Make two dimensional or three dimensional targets to practice on.
8. Have contests with friends to see who can hit the most targets while scores are kept.
9. Have a quick-draw contest.
10. Pretend you’re Dirty Harry and make my day.

Jerry D. November 6, 2012 at 10:36 PM

I’m hearing that his name is Michael Baldwin. RIP, Michael.

Anon November 6, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I am crying for this man and his loved ones. To those he left behind; please know that it’s not your fault and there was no way for you to stop him. I know you will all lose sleep wondering what you could have/should have done, and nothing I say will change that. Just remember that real love is always perfect – you loved him to perfection, and it is not your fault that he chose to go.

Mel November 7, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Rest in Peace Mikey, condolences to all

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