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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sheriff's deputies today sought clues in the drowning of a former Hells Angel once tried for the 1969 stabbing death of a teenager at a Rolling Stones concert at Altamont Raceway.

The body of Alan D. Passaro, 36, of nearby Morgan Hill, was found by two boaters Sunday in Anderson Reservoir, about 75 miles south of San Francisco.


Passaro, a former Hells Angel, was acquitted in the death of a Berkeley teenager stabbed to death during the December 1969 rock concert.

Four people died during violence at the concert, which was billed as Woodstock West and drew 300,000 fans.

Lt. Darold Thomas, head of the sheriff's detective unit, said Tuesday, 'The death is kind of suspicious, but it is only a drowning at this point.'

In 1980, Passaro was sentenced to two years in prison on an unrelated weapons charge and federal racketeering charges brought against a group of Hells Angels, authorities said.

He was released from jail about a year ago, police said.

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