Two Arrested in Happy Camp Homicide
This is a press release from the Siskiyou 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:
On January 8, 2016 an exhaustive Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Major Crimes’ Unit investigation into the death of a Happy Camp resident found deceased in his home on December 29, 2015, has led to the arrest of two suspects in the case.
In separate arrest incidents Mr. Michael Franklin Moore, 48, of Medford, Oregon and Mr. Jerry Edward Brink, 37, of Happy Camp, were taken into custody and have been booked at the Siskiyou County Jail in Yreka on murder charges, where they are being held pending arraignment. Both men were arrested at separate locations. Mr. Moore was apprehended in the afternoon in the Yreka area and Mr. Brink arrested later in the evening in the 6000 block of Salmon River Road in a rural West Siskiyou County location.
Assistance and support with the apprehension and arrests was provided by the Medford Police Department (Oregon), Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus, the Siskiyou County Superior Court, and the California Highway Patrol.
On December 29, 2015. Mr. Kristopher Estes Kussner McCraw, 48, of Happy Camp was found dead in the residence after a SCSO sergeant and deputy responded to a report of a man deceased in a structure located in the 900 block of Curly Jack Road in the Happy Camp area. An autopsy conducted on January 4, 2016 revealed Mr. McCraw died of blunt force trauma and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “The Department’s Major Crimes Unit, with support from other departmental members and allied-agency personnel from California and Oregon, did a superb job investigating this case and safely orchestrating the apprehension of two homicide suspects. This case is far from over and there is still a lot of work to be done. Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”