One Arrested, Another Sought in Beating Death of David Ganfield

Jonas Randall Semore

Today, Eureka Police Department arrested Jonas Randall Semore, age 42, during a traffic stop. The EPD knew Semore was a person of interest in the beating death of David Ganfield. They contacted the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department who is the lead agency on the case and Semore was taken into custody.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department is currently searching for Nicholas Ryan Joseph Johnson, age 24, who is also a suspect in Ganfield’s death. A photo of Johnson is currently unavailable.

Ganfield was dropped off at Mad River Hospital unconcious with head trauma on April 28 and was flown to a trauma hospital in Redding. He succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of April 30.

This press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department gives more details about Semore’s arrest:

On 05-14-2015 at 1:50 p.m. the Eureka Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was being driven by Jonas Randall Semore age 42 at Harris and Summer Street, Eureka. Semore was detained by the Eureka Police Department. The Eureka Police Department was aware that the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office considered Semore a person of interest in the homicide investigation of Ganfield. The Eureka Police Department then contacted Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and advised them that Semore was detained. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Detective requested that Semore be placed under arrest for the murder of David Ganfield.

Semore was then placed under arrest by the Eureka Police Department for homicide. Semore was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for homicide and his bail was set at one million dollars.

This homicide investigation is still under investigation by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives.

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