Trinity County Murder Suspect Found Deceased… on July 27th, Sheriff’s Office Finally Releases Information
Scott DiMartino, who was identified last July as a suspect in a homicide and an “active shooter” sought in the Mad River area, was confirmed today, September 10, to have been found deceased on July 27. However, no information on his death had previously been released to the community.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this afternoon that DiMartino, a suspect in the death of Steve Line on July 13th in the Mad River area was found dead by an investigator for the office.
DiMartino’s obituary was published in a Hartford, Connecticut newspaper on August 20th. When that was brought to our attention on September 3, we contacted the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office requesting confirmation of his death. We called several times in the following days. Today, we called and received confirmation that DiMartino was found somewhere in Trinity County on July 27th by an investigator with the Sheriff’s Office. According to Lynn Ward, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, the investigator does not want to release where DiMartino was found. Nor, she said, can they release the cause of death.
When pressed why a community that was worried about having an “active shooter” in their neighborhood was not informed that he was dead, Ward suggested that the Lightning Fires that started on July 30, two days later, might have contributed to the situation.
The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department has only eight patrol deputies to cover 3000 square miles.
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Thanks to North Coast News for assistance.