Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 187PC-Murder
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Coroner Number:
1895 East Hill Road Willits,CA
When: Date: 3-17-2012 Time:
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Richard Mel Wilkinson 84 Willits,CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Kenneth Wilkinson 22 Willits,CA
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Synopsis: On 3-17-2012 at approximately 2302 the Mendocino County Sheriffs Dispatch Center received information that an unknown type of assault had taken place in or near the listed location on East Hill Road in Willits,CA.

Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the location and learned some type of physical assault had taken place at the location between the suspect (who was care-taking for the victim) and his grandfather (the victim).

Deputies learned from family members that the victim was missing from the location and they could not find him.

Deputies then started looking for the victim and eventually located him deceased, downhill, off the side of Mariposa Creek Road.

Mendocino County Sheriffs Detectives, with the assistance of District Attorney Inspectors, are continuing the investigation into the death of Victim Wilkinson.

Suspect Kenneth Wilkinson was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for a charge of 187PC. His bail is currently set at $500,000.

A forensic autopsy will be conducted sometime in the coming days.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office at 707-463-4086.

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