Double Homicide in Kettenpom–Two Neighbors Injured, Suspect Killed
UPDATE 6: I have posted a memorial page for Christopher Sky Richardson here.
UPDATE 5: Tomas Gouverneur’s fiance has denied that Kristine Constantino was a former girlfriend of his.
UPDATE 4: I have just posted a new summary of all the credible evidence here. Please let me know if you have other information in the comment section. I will amend as necessary.
UPDATE 3: I have incorrectly spelled the name of the first responders who were injured. Their last name is Gund.
UPDATE 2: the driver of the vehicle was identified as Tomas Pitagoras Gouverneur 32 years of age. Tomas showed addresses in San Francisco, California as well as in the State of Oregon. This may be a picture of him here (scroll down to page 3 where he is tutoring a student) but although this name is unusual and the person is in Oregon and of approximately the correct age, this may not be him.
According to the Press Democrat, “[the] Kettenpom woman who suffered stab wounds in the attack in Kettenpom Valley had been flown to UC Davis Medical Center to be treated for her injuries, Palmer said. [the] man who was stabbed was treated at a Garberville hospital and released, he said.
UPDATE:I’ve been asked to reassure folks that the heroic first responders, Jim and Norma Gunn, were wounded but recovering.
In the hills of eastern Humboldt and southwestern Trinity County two people died yesterday and two more were injured in what is rumored to be a jealous ex-boyfriend’s revenge. According to sources, the Oregon man slit the throats of his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend. When older neighbors came to investigate, he stabbed them and escaped. The two injured neighbors managed to call for help and drive to the tiny town of Kettenpom where they were transported to Garberville Hospital for medical treatment.
Trinity Sheriff’s Dept. say that at 4:45 yesterday afternoon, 911 received a call from a woman on her cell phone asking for help. In rapid succession they got more calls from the Kettenpom store describing a dramatic scene in which two victims had been stabbed and driven themselves through the hills to the tiny hamlet to get help. As the deputies made the hour long drive to the furthest corners of their county (Kettenpom is over 2 hours from the county seat of Weaverville not far from Mendocino County) they learned that there were two more victims–fatalities–inside a home. The victims were able to describe the murderer’s vehicle (teal green with Oregon license plates) and law enforcement subsequently issued an alert describing a bearded white man possibly carrying a stun gun driving a 4 door Subaru.
Mendocino Sheriff’s Dept. sent the following press release.
On 3-13-2011 at approximately 1820 the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office received an agency assist “be on the look out” bulletin from Trinity County Sheriffs Department regarding a double homicide.
Trinity County Sheriffs Office advised they had an outstanding suspect, who was responsible for a double fatal stabbing, flee Trinity County at approximately 1700 and a possible route of travel would be Mina Road en route to Highway 162 through Covelo,Ca. ….
Deputies left the Willits area en route to Covelo via Highway 162. At approximately 1845 deputies were driving on Highway 162 towards Covelo. At approximately mile post marker ten (10) they parked their car so they could see the roadway and anyone traveling along its path. Soon after parking along the road, they observed the listed suspect, who fit the suspect description as well as the suspect vehicle, pass them and continue driving West on Highway 162.
Deputies initiated their emergency lights in an attempt to make a vehicle stop. The suspect failed to yield and a pursuit was initiated.
Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies requested the assistance of Willits Police Department and the California Highway Patrol. Deputies followed the suspect at speeds ranging from 60 to 90 miles per hour. The suspect then turned south onto Highway 101 towards Willits,California with a single sheriffs unit continuing the pursuit. At approximately Mile Marker 54 near Appliance Lane,which is north of Willits,California, the suspect lost control of his vehicle and struck a large oak tree.
Deputies responded to the wrecked vehicle along with medical personnel and observed the suspect had succumbed to injuries received from the accident.
The California Highway Patrol conducted the accident investigation and Trinity County is continuing their investigation into the suspect drivers involvement with the double homicide in their county.
A forensic Autopsy will be conducted on the decedent later in the week.
Authorities are attempting to locate the decedent’s next of kin prior to releasing his name.
According to the Redding Searchlight,
The stabbings were the talk of southern Trinity County, where even distant neighbors know each other by first name.
Norma Johnson, who lives 40 minutes from Kettenpom in the Ruth Lake area, said she knew one of the survivors. She declined to provide the woman’s name.
Johnson and her husband, Lyle, listened on their police scanner as the crisis unfolded.
“I know two people’s throats were slit,” Johnson said.
Southern Trinity County has become so lawless that Johnson and her husband don’t leave the house without carrying guns, she said. Should she or her neighbors call 911, it’s likely going to be at least an hour before a deputy shows up.
“We pack all the time,” Johnson said. “We have no law enforcement.”