Sheriff’s Office Investigators Make Arrest in Old Homicide Case

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


At approximately 9:00 a.m. on today’s date, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Jared Damien Boyce, 27, of Fortuna, for the murder of Stephanie Lee Fowler.

Stephanie was reported as a missing person on May 26, 2007 from the Loleta area. She was last seen on April 20, 2007 at a cigarette shop in Loleta. Stephanie had a history for disappearing for several days at a time but it was unusual for her to be gone for this length of time.

On August 30, 2009, skeletal human remains were discovered in an uninhabited structure on Old Indianola Rd in Loleta. Forensic testing was completed and determined the remains belonged to Stephanie Lee Fowler. At this time the manner of death is not being disclosed.

After a lengthy investigation, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Investigators determined Jared Damien Boyce, son-in-law to the decedent, was responsible for Stephanie Lee Fowler’s murder. A Ramey warrant was issued for Boyce. On today’s date, investigators observed Boyce leaving his place of employment in Eureka. A traffic stop was conducted on Boyce and he was taken into custody without incident. Boyce was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was book for PC187 – Murder. His bail is set at $1,000,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case is encouraged to call Investigator Todd Fulton at (707) 268-3646 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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  • Thank God this family is finally getting answers. It’s been a long time to wait.

    • The hardest part for the sheriff is the family of victims think they are not working on a case when in fact they just can’t share what their investigations have found. Especially when it is a family member they are investigating.

      I do think the sheriff’s office needed a dog to track her when reported missing. Two years for someone to find the body was too long. Stephanie was so close to where she was last seen. Where are the hounds when you need them?

  • The look on that dudes face! Bet he doesn’t post bail.

  • Had to be dna evidence they wouldn’t arrest on anything less probably semen. The woman who used to live in my foreclosure project house is a missing persons case it was a large scale grow house I don’t know much about her. She looks like she’s on drugs in the photos hard way to go though.

  • So he was 19 when she died. That’s a long time to think you got away with murder.

  • I’m surprised that they did O R him

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