Crespi Pond Burn Victim Identified

Still don’t know what led up to the deceased man.
Richard Hafner

Early two weeks after finding a man’s body in flames at the Pacific Grove golf course, police still don’t know why 56-year-old P.G. resident Richard Haffner died, and they’re continuing to treat it as suspicious.

PGPD Sgt. Jeff Fenton was dispatched to Ocean View Boulevard around 7:20 a.m. Nov. 3 on reports of a man and building on fire at the public golf course. He arrived to find the person engulfed in flames lying unmoving on the ground next to the restroom building and a fence on fire, and attempted to douse them with the extinguisher from his car

Crespi Pond Burn Victim Identified

Man Burned To Death At Crespi Pond

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Crespi Restrooms

Pacific Grove police have identified Richard Haffner as the man killed Sunday at Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course after they found him engulfed in flames. Police would not release any more details as of Monday afternoon.

Police are investigating the death of a man they found engulfed in flames Sunday morning at the Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Course.

Employees in the golf course’s restaurant and pro shop saw the man in flames running in the area of the stone restroom near Crespi Pond and the tees of the 17th hole on Ocean View Boulevard about 7:20 a.m.

Numerous calls to Pacific Grove police and the Monterey Fire Department reported a man and building on fire. Police arrived first and found the man and a fence outside the bathroom on fire. An officer immediately extinguished the flames but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Man Burned To Death At Crespi Pond