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    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/s...ice-department
    Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    Body of missing deputy taken for autopsy
    L.A. Sheriff's deputy from Yorba Linda was hiking in Cleveland National Forest.
    By DENISSE SALAZAR, JON CASSIDY, SEAN EMERY and VIK JOLLY
    The Orange County Register

    YORBA LINDA – Police have found the body of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who went missing Sunday while hiking in the Cleveland National Forest.

    Zoltan Tombol, 42, was an avid hiker and cross-country runner who went missing near Green River Road and the 91 freeway, said Brea police Sgt. Bill Smyser.

    "We found him deceased off one of the trailheads up there," Smyser said.

    The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will handle the death investigation, Smyser said.

    Tombol’s body was discovered by a search and rescue team walking through the area on foot, Riverside officials said. Neither Brea police or Riverside Sheriffs officials would comment on whether Tombol died of exposure to the elements or whether there was foul play.

    “It’s a sad day for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We have lost a valued member of our family,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said. “Our thoughts and prayers are now focused with his family, friends and loved ones.”

    Under a crescent moon, a Riverside County Coroner's van escorted by California Highway Patrol officers and Riverside sheriff’s deputies brought Tombol’s body down the hillside and onto the Eastbound 91 at 6:40 p.m. As the somber procession passed the temporary command post, a dozen law enforcement personnel saluted.

    The search began after Tombol’s wife filed a missing person report Sunday evening with the Brea Police Department after he failed to pick up his son from a cousin's house. His wife last saw him about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Darrin Devereux of the Brea police.

    Corona police found Tombol’s Ford F-150 pickup parked at the end of a fire access road near Green River Road and the 91 freeway. The truck was searched and there were no signs of foul play, Smyser said.

    “He is in exquisite shape,” Whitmore said this morning of Tombol, a 19-year department veteran who has worked in the training division since 2005. Tombol is also a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne, the Sheriff's Department said.

    The search resumed this morning at sunrise. Three law enforcement helicopters operated out of a command post just off the 91 freeway, with the help of about 100 search and rescue personnel.

    Search teams used several search dogs, police said.

    The Brea Police Department led the search with help from several agencies, including the Los Angeles, Riverside and Orange County sheriff's departments, the Corona Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire.

    Tens of thousands of passing motorists – especially those on the 91 Westbound – watched the massive search and rescue effort unfold in the hills of Corona and the Cleveland National Forest.

    Most of the search team left the area by early evening, as the remaining law enforcement officials prepared to move Tombols’s body to a coroner’s facility in Perris. An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday, Riverside Sheriff’’s Sgt. Dennis Gutierrez said, although standard toxicology tests may take up to 6 to 8 weeks to complete.

    Whitmore said Tombol is survived by his wife, who is reportedly a sergeant with the LA County Sheriffs, and a 14-year-old son.

  • #2
    RIP Deputy Tombol.

    Thoughts on their way to Deputy "wife"..

    Verry sad.

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    • #3
      RIP Deputy Tombol.

      May god bless his family as well as his son..

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      • #4
        He was a really nice guy and will be missed. R.I.P. brother.
        There are no extraordinary men... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.
        William Halsey

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        • #5
          Rest Peaceful Deputy Tombol.

          LASD RTB are a great bunch of professionals and Zoltan's absence will be felt for a long time to come.
          Timelines:

          CBPO
          App: 2/12/09
          Geo: Revised; CA Long Beach, San Bernardino, L.A.
          Written: 2/20/09
          NOR: 3/2/09 (81 no vet pref.)
          TO: ? (reached my 37th bday 9/09)

          IEA
          App: 5/5/09
          Geo: San Diego
          Written: 6/5/09 (75.8 no vet pref.)
          NOR: 7/20/09
          Faxed Documents: 7/7/09
          TO: 10/6/09
          Mailed Documents: 10/16/09
          Oral Interview: 12/02/09 Passed

          BPA
          Geo: SW Border-El Centro/San Diego Area
          App: 8/17/10
          Written: 10/6 Passed (73 w/ no vet pref.)
          TO: 11/10/10 (pre emp forms due 11/22)

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          • #6
            Sadly I just read that his death was classified as a suicide from a shotgun blast to the head. I wonder why it took so long to release the findings. I didn't know the man but I had the gut feeling that his death was in fact a suicide.
            Retired LASD

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            • #7
              It doesn't matter the manner on how you died.................


              Rest in peace brother Tombol. Our thoughts and prayers to your friends, family and co-workers.
              This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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              • #8
                Whatever troubles Deputy Tombol had, may he rest in peace. A good friend of mine who knew and was trained by Deputy Tombol said nothing but great things about him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by McGruff View Post
                  Whatever troubles Deputy Tombol had, may he rest in peace. A good friend of mine who knew and was trained by Deputy Tombol said nothing but great things about him.
                  Amen
                  This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                  • #10
                    The loss of Deputy Tombol should be a reminder to all of us to be constantly aware of the actions and moods of our fellow comrades. It appears that no one saw this one comming, but we should never be afraid to ask someone how they are doing if you do suspect that something is wrong. I did not know him but I do work with one of his close friends and he has really been touched by this tradjedy. Whatever his problems were, they have been taken care of by the person upstairs.

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