Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 187 PC - Murder
Report Number:
2012-6222 UPDATE    
Coroner Number:
187 PC - Murder
1895 East Hill Road Willits, Ca 95490
When: Date: 03-17-2012 Time:
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Richard Melville Wilkinson 84 1895 East Hill Road Willits, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Kenneth Lee Wilkinson 22 1895 East Hill Road Willits, Ca
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

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.


On 03-20-2012 at 0800 hours a forensic autopsy was conducted on (V) Richard Wilkinson in Ukiah, California.

The preliminary results of the autopsy pending BA/Toxicology analysis was that Richard Wilkinson's cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma.

At this time Sheriff's Office Detectives are continuing their investigation into the incident and into the motive for Richard Wilkinson's murder.

Sheriff's Detectives are being assisted by Mendocino County District Attorney Office Investigators and Criminalists from the California Department of Justice.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contacted Detective Andrew Whiteaker at 707-463-4103 or the Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 707-463-4086.

All media inquires at this time are being directed to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office with the listed contact number being 707-391-1019.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten