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Man staying in Portola dies from exposure

A Reno man who was in town to take care of his sick mother was found deceased in a snow bank Jan. 1.

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 6:47 a.m. about a man lying on a snow bank near an apartment complex in Portola. The Sheriff’s Office, Beckwourth Fire and Eastern Plumas Health Care were paged and the man was pronounced deceased.

Detective Steve Peay said the individual has been identified as Gregory J. Marler, 46, of Reno. Apparently Marler had been staying in Portola to take care of his ailing mother, who recently had been transported to an out-of-area hospital.

Peay said that Marler had been drinking at a local bar and was given a ride home. However, it appears that he didn’t have his keys to enter the apartment, nor a phone to call for help. “Due to potential alcohol consumption and the cold, he passed away due to exposure,” Peay said. Foul play is not suspected in this incident.

A neighbor in the complex made the initial call for assistance.

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