Sunday, 19 May 2024

Body of former Clearlake Oaks resident found in quarry

SAN JOSE – Law enforcement officials are investigating the suspicious death of a former Clearlake Oaks resident whose body was found earlier this week in a San Jose-area quarry.

On Wednesday the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office reported that they had identified the body of the man, found Monday on Hillsdale Avenue in the unincorporated area of San Jose, as that of James Edward Heeszel, 33, of San Jose.

Heeszel formerly lived in Clearlake Oaks where his parents reside. They could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Sgt. Don Morrissey of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said Heeszel had been reported missing about a month prior to the discovery of his body.

Morrissey said San Jose Police officers responded on Monday to the report of a dead body at a quarry, located at 55 Hillsdale Avenue. That address is listed as belonging to Raisch Products, which produces aggregate products and receives concrete and asphalt for recycling.

Shortly after the officers arrived, they located Heeszel and determined that he was deceased, according to Morrissey. After isolating the scene, police learned the area was in the sheriff's jurisdiction and sheriff's deputies were called.

Morrissey said Heeszel's body was located in a pile of large boulders on the quarry property.

He said it took several hours and heavy equipment to remove the large boulders and allow access for investigators to get to the body.

An autopsy was conducted on Heeszel's body Wednesday, said Morrissey, but no cause of death has been released.

Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are actively investigating the case, Morrissey said.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Sgt. Leon or Sgt. Baker of the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office Investigations Division at 408-808-4500.

Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact the Anonymous Tip Line at 408-808-4431.

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