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The Ventura County autopsy report noted Herdman’s body was recovered in a state of “moderate postmortem decomposition and mummification,” also noting that animals had depredated the remains.
originally posted by: JackofBlades
a reply to: WanDash
Generally speaking (and when not referring to dead Pharaohs), a mummified corpse is a body which has either been dried, or begun to dry after death. So I'd say, in this case, it isn't beyond the realms of possibility that Herdman's corpse had begun to dry. If (as claimed) it was laying in the open under a summer sun, it is logical that the body would begin to dry in the heat.
As for drugs being in his system... I dunno. I've never used any of those drugs, barring caffeine and alcohol, but I know many people who have. Either alone or in some mad drug cocktail. They gurn, chew their faces, twitch, dance like complete idiots and talk a hell of a lot of a rubbish, but I've never seen any of them take off suddenly.
Which isn't to say it didn't happen of course. Drugs would be a logical and possibly tidy way of making sense here. Herdman was off his face which is why he ran. Byars was also under the influence which is why he got lost or whatever.
This still doesn't explain many of the other unusual happenings. Why could his scent not be tracked? Why didn't he respond to searchers (if he was still alive - TOD hasn't been definitely established)? I'm not sure how long those drugs would affect you, but I know if I get drunk or high I'm usually fine in a couple of hours. Do these drugs affect you for days? If not, why did he not seek help when he sobered? And, the main thing that concerns me...
Why was his dog scared?
The Ventura County autopsy report noted Herdman’s body was recovered in a state of “moderate postmortem decomposition and mummification,” also noting that animals had depredated the remains