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* Pavol Karnaj Identified as Victim in Sonoma County Stabbing

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A man who police believe jumped off a cliff after possibly stabbing his roommate has been identified by the Mendocino County coroner’s office as 32-year-old Pavol Karnaj. Karnaj had a passport from the Slovak Republic, Mendocino County sheriff’s Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said. Autopsy results are not final because toxicology tests aren’t back yet but Smallcomb said Karnaj’s injuries “may be the result of a self-induced fall from a cliff.” The Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter located Karnaj’s body around 8:10 a.m. Monday at the base of a 65-foot cliff near Squaw Rock, just west of U.S. Highway 101 in Mendocino County, near the Sonoma County line. Healdsburg police said Karnaj and the 39-year-old stabbing victim were roommates. Police have not released the victim’s name. Police said the men had a dispute about a relationship sometime Monday morning at a home in the 15000 block of Healdsburg Avenue. The victim said he woke up on a couch to find himself bleeding from the neck and saw Karnaj standing over him with a 10- to 12-inch kitchen knife, Sgt. Kevin Young said. There was a struggle and the victim asked Karnaj to drive him to the hospital, Young said. Karnaj refused and then left in the stabbing victim’s red Volkswagen Jetta, Young said. A neighbor drove the stabbing victim to Healdsburg District Hospital, and the hospital notified police around 6:30 a.m., Young said. The injured man suffered deep wounds to the neck and throat and was transferred to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He is expected to survive,  Young said. Police recovered the kitchen knife near the couch. Healdsburg police broadcast an alert about case and a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy spotted the Jetta on a ranch south of Squaw Rock, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dave Thompson said. A Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter crew located Karnaj’s body in rocky, rugged terrain at the base of the cliff near the car, Thompson said.

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