Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 187 PC - Murder
Report Number:
2013-19099 UPDATE    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
187 PC - Murder
Location:
Spyrock Road Laytonville, Ca
When: Date: 06-17-2013 Time: 0748 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Adult Male
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
         
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten
Synopsis: ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

On 06-17-2013 at 0748 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a person who had received second hand information of a possible homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California.

Based upon the reported information personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and California Department of Fish & Wildlife responded to the location.

On 06-17-2013 at approximately 1115 hours law enforcement personnel arrived at the location and found one deceased person.

Sheriff's Detectives have responded to the location and have begun an investigation into the circumstances of the person's death.

Additional information will be disseminated by press release as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.

UPDATED PRESS RELEASE:

On 06-17-2013 at 0748 hours the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was contacted by a person who had received second hand information of a possible homicide at a remote location on Spyrock Road in Laytonville, California.

Before responding to the scene a Deputy Sheriff interviewed the reporting person who advised they had received a telephone call prior to contacting the Sheriff's Office.

The anonymous caller told the reporting person that their relative, the victim, had been murdered at the Spyrock Road location.

Upon arriving at the location described by the reporting person, law enforcement personnel located a deceased Hispanic adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.

Sheriff's Detectives responded to the location and initiated a homicide investigation.

During the processing of the crime scene Sheriff's Detectives noticed the presence of approximately 300 budding marijuana plants that had been recently cut as if to be harvested.

The plants had been growing in an outdoor setting and inside of at least two temporary greenhouse structures.

Sheriff's Detectives learned the victim had been camping at the location while tending to the growing marijuana plants. The victim had been found in his camp in close proximity to the cut marijuana plants.

A forensic autopsy has been scheduled for 06-19-2013 and currently the victim has yet to be positively identified.

Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing their investigation and have yet to determine a motive or identity of any suspect(s) in connection with the homicide.

Sheriff's Detectives were aided in their crime scene investigation by the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force, County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team and the Mendocino County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten