The death of McCloud resident Steven Ray Guyman on Sunday, August 23, has been attributed to natural causes, according to a press release update by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office.
Guymon’s death was initially considered suspicious but a forensic autopsy performed on Tuesday, August 25, determined that the cause of death was a spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, which is essentially internal bleeding in the brain, the release states.
The medical condition is “often caused by a ruptured blood vessel and causes internal bleeding that is potentially fatal,” according to the release.
The release also stated that evidence developed by investigators and the forensic pathologist indicated that the internal bleeding went undetected for a period of time, leading ultimately to Guyman’s incapacitation and later his death.
“On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, we would like to take this opportunity to again extend our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Mr. Guymon in the aftermath of his tragic death. We would also like to thank the emergency medical providers who worked tirelessly to save Mr. Guymon’s life,” Sheriff Jon Lopey stated in the release.
On Wednesday, August 19, at about 9:30 pm, a SCSO deputy was dispatched to Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta in response to a report that a man later identified as Guyman was under treatment at the emergency room after sustaining a possible debilitating injury, according to the release.
Guymon had been found unconscious in his home in the 300 block of Quincy Street in McCloud earlier that evening and the cause of his injuries was unknown at that time. He was subsequently transported to a Redding medical care facility where he later died.
Lopey said in an interview that the case was handled from the start as a possible crime by the responding deputy, and a follow-up investigation was undertaken by the SCSO Major Crimes’ Unit with assistance from Lieutenant Mark Hilsenberg.
The updated press release reports that hemorrhaging or bleeding under the surface of the skin detected in the facial region of his head can resemble injuries, but in this case was determined to have been caused by Guyman’s medical condition during the forensic autopsy.