Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Suspicious Death
Report Number:
2014-12701 UPDATE    
Coroner Number:
Suspicious Death
6000 block of Wooden Creek Road Laytonville, Ca
When: Date: 05-12-2014 Time: 10:09 AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Felipe Cortez Guzman 26 Avenal, Ca
Victim #2: Abraham Gregorio Castillo 27 Avenal, Ca
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Written by: Captain Greg Van Patten

On 05-12-2014 at 10:09 AM Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Deputies were dispatched to downtown Laytonville, California to meet with person who had discovered the presence of two deceased people at a Laytonville residence.

Upon meeting with the person, Deputies were escorted to a residence located in the area of Woodman Peak in a rural portion of Laytonville.

Upon arrival Deputies confirmed the presence of two deceased people believed to be the victims of a homicide.

Sheriff's Detectives have been summoned to the location and further investigations are ongoing at this time.

No further information is available at this time.


On 05-12-2014 Sheriff's Detectives conducted a scene investigation on a piece of property located in the 6000 block of Woodman Creek Road in a rural portion of Laytonville, California.

The property contained two travel trailers and a greenhouse structure being utilized to grow approximately 180 marijuana plants that were approximately 6-12 inches tall.

Inside the greenhouse structure were two deceased adult male bodies that were in advanced stages of decomposition. Sheriff's Detectives were unable to note any obvious visual signs as to a cause of death for each person due to the condition of their bodies.

Forensic autopsies have been scheduled for the afternoon of 05-13-2014 and Sheriff's Detectives have yet to positively identify each person.

Anyone with information that could aid Sheriff's Detectives in this investigation is urged to call the Sheriff's Office Tip-Line at 707-234-2100.

Further information will be released, as it becomes available, with subsequent press releases.


On 05-16-2014 Sheriff's Detectives were able to identify the decedents as being Felipe Cortez Guzman (26-years-old) and Abraham Gregorio Castillo (27-years-old) both residents of Avenal, California.

Identifications were made based upon tattoos on each decedentís body that matched the descriptions of the artwork provided by their families.

Sheriff's Detectives would like to thank Kings County Sheriff's Office Detectives, the Tulare County Sheriff's Office, Visalia Police Department Detectives and the City of Avenal Police Department for aiding in the identification process of the decedents.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten