Man dies while fishing at park in Sonoma County

SONOMA COUNTY (KRON) — A 71-year-old man who was found dead at Riverfront Regional Park southwest of Windsor on Wednesday afternoon likely suffered a medical emergency, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Christopher Panas, of Sebastopol, was found dead around 4:40 p.m. on the riverbank at the park at 7821 Eastside Road in unincorporated Sonoma County, sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said.

Fishing gear was found at the scene, and there was no sign of trauma or foul play, Focha said.

Panas likely suffered a medical emergency while fishing at the water’s edge, according to Focha.

Bay City News contributed to this report

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