Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Suspicious Fire / Death Investigation
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Suspicious Fire / Death Investigation
10580 Main Street Potter Valley, Ca 95469
When: Date: 09-29-2012 Time: 0810 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Earle McDaniel 87 Potter Valley, Ca
Victim #2: Wesley McDaniel 55 Potter Valley, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

On 9-29-2012 at approximately 0810 Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies and California Highway Officers were dispatched to the listed location to assist Potter Valley and Cal Fire in regards to a fully engulfed residential fire.

On arrival deputies learned that family members had vacated the residence during the fire, but possibly two victims remained inside and were unaccounted for.

Deputies then contacted detectives who responded to the location.

During the fire investigation, two victims were located inside the burnt structure.

Mendocino County Detectives along with Cal Fire Investigators are continuing the investigation into the cause and origin of the fire along with identifying the two deceased victims.

Further information will be released in the coming week.


On 10-02-2012 at 1000 hours the two deceased victims were identified as being Earle McDaniel and Wesley McDaniel, who investigators identified as being father and son.

Sheriff's Detectives are continuing their investigation into the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information that they believe would be useful for Detectives is asked to call the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 707-234-2100.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten