Medical examiner revises cause of missing man’s death

In an amended autopsy report, the county medical examiner has determined that Carl Salayer, the 67-year-old Ramona man whose body was found off Chablis Road in June, most likely died from environmental exposure with Parkinson’s disease and Brugada syndrome as  contributing factors.


The original report attributed methamphetamine intoxication as the main cause of death. However, in a follow-up investigation the medical examiner’s office said it learned that Salayer was prescribed selegiline, a medication used to treat Parkinson’s.

“Selegiline is known to metabolize into methamphetamine and it is felt that the methamphetamine detected in the decedent’s liver arose from the selegiline he was prescribed,” said the medical examiner.

The small amount of methamphetamine detected in the liver “is not felt to have contributed in a significant way to death,” stated the amended report.

Salayer went missing from his home in the 17000 block of Handlebar Road on June 17. The sheriff’s department conducted search and rescue efforts until June 21, but could not locate him. His body was found in a heavily vegetated field on June 25 after a couple living on Chablis Road reported a foul odor, according to  authorities.

The medical examiner has classified Salayer’s death as an accident. In addition to Parkinson’s disease, Salayer had dementia-type symptoms, Brugada syndrome for which he had an implanted defibrillator, a gastric feeding tube and thyroid deficiencies, said the report.

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Posted by Karen Brainard on Aug 25 2014. Filed under Featured Story, News, Ramona, Seniors, Sheriff/Fire. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

3 Comments for “Medical examiner revises cause of missing man’s death”

  1. Joro

    Daaanng, that is so wrong. Medic personell and The news reports was quick to jump the gun and presented this man to the world as a junky drug addict. How humiliating and absolute disrespect of this man's life. I can't even imagine how the family must feel…all because they are quick to say, oh this person has drugs in system, that's what happens … closed. Instead of sticking their noses in air, they should do their job and treat every person and case the same and do their thorough homework since everyone is entitled to be treated with equal human rights.

  2. Cllj

    Rest in Peace Carl Salayer

  3. Tad Ryan

    Thank you for taking the time to report the amendment. Much appreciated.

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