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Karl Hoyer found hanging at the Joshua Tree Jail

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There is a confirmed report that Karl Hoyer late of Wonder Valley committed suicide in the Joshua Tree Sub Station Jail this afternoon.

Hoyer was being held without bail for attempted murder of a family friend at his home this summer.

More information as it becomes available to us.



On Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 3:59 p.m. deputies at the Morongo Basin jail found inmate Karl Hoyer hanging in his cell. Deputies immediately began CPR and Hoyer was transported to High Desert Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigators determined that Hoyer was alone in his cell when he was found hanging with a bed sheet tied around his neck. Hoyer had been in custody since April 21, 2012 on attempt murder charges, and was in Morongo Basin jail for a recent court hearing.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Homicide Detail, Detective A. Avila at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

Refer: Public Affairs Division
Phone No. (909)387-3700


Coroner Case 701300404 – At 3:09 PM on 01/13/13, Karl Hoyer, a 48 year old resident of Twentynine Palms, was found hanging in his jail cell. He was transported to the Hi Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:45 PM. The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Homicide Division is investigating the in-custody death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. (1028 CN 01142014)


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  1. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Old Karl could be one of the nicest guys you ever met or the biggest dick in Wonder Valley depending on the chemical content of his blood and the time of day.

    He was a brilliant guy with a mean streak that would scare the shit out of Charles Manson. I kind of liked the guy… go figure.

    Pretty chicken shit way to go Karl…. I am sure I will see you on the flip side… R.I.P.

  2. LINDAG LINDAG says:

    At least he got to choose how he left this world. Most of us don’t have the guts…you gotta give the guy that much, he went out on his own terms.

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