[UPDATE 11:05 a.m.] Apparent Double Homicide in Southern Humboldt; Bodies Found in Burning Vehicle
According to Telegraph Ridge Fire Department Chief Peter Lawsky, he was one of the first on the scene about a quarter mile west of the Junction.
One of his firefighters One of the people who called the fire in is a member of the Telegraph Ridge fire district board. Lawsky said they were worried that the flames could spread but didn’t know about the bodies yet. “A burning vehicle can easily turn into a forest fire,” he explained. “I used the hose I had to knock it down and keep it from spreading to the vegetation…It took a long time to put it out.”
He said that the fire would be knocked down and then reappear. He said, later he was told “there are two bodies in the back.”
He also said that one of his firefighters told him that the vehicle was not in that turnout about 5 p.m.
Today, Lawsky is worried about his crew members who witnessed the terrible spectacle. “I’ll be calling some of my firefighters today and see how they’re doing this morning,” he told us.
UPDATE 8:55 a.m.: According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “We are investigating two suspicious deaths in the area of Ettersburg Junction. We are still on the scene actively investigating the incident. At this time we are not expecting to release more details, but I expect to have more information made available to the public later today.”
UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: A reader, Daymora Beecham, sent in this photo of the vehicle and investigators taken this morning.