Woman and 4-Year-Old Kidnapped During Slaying of Grower in Laytonville, Says Mendocino Sheriff’s Office
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office released an update on the suspects in the homicide of a grower, Jeffrey Settler, allegedly committed by trimmers in the Laytonville area on November 11.
Victim(s): Jeffrey Quinn Settler, 35 year-old male from Bethel Island, California
Amanda Wiest, 26 year old white female, Fairfax, Virginia
Juvenile Child, 4 years old, Fairfax Virginia
Zachary Wuester, 24 year old white male, Haskell, New Jersey **In Custody**
Frederick Gaestel, 27 year old white male, Clifton, New Jersey
Gary Blank III, 34 year old white male, Elgin, Illinois
Gary Fitzgerald, 23 year old white male, Roanoke, Illinois**In Custody**
Jesse Wells, 32 year old white male, Binghamton, New York
Michael Kane, 25 year old white male, Pleasantville, New York
“Richie” last name unknown, approx 25 year old black male, possibly from San Diego, California
Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: **UPDATE** SUSPECT STATUS.
During this investigation the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detective Unit was able to contact and interview Amanda Wiest, a 26 year old female, from Fairfax Virginia, who had previously been listed as a possible suspect in this case. At the conclusion of that interview Wiests’ status has been changed from suspect to victim of a kidnapping along with a four year old child. Charges of kidnapping with be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review in addition to the charges of homicide and robbery against the suspects in this case.
On the evening of 11/23/2016 Gary “Giggles” Fitzgerald turned himself into the custody of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged and booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a charge of homicide. His bail was set at $650,000.
The investigation into this case is ongoing with the Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit actively seeking to arrest the 5 additional suspects in this case. Any persons with information about this incident, or the current whereabouts of the named suspects are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Unit at 707-463-4111 or the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-234-2100.
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