Dead Man Found During Search for Marijuana Garden, Two Arrested
On Sunday, a man reportedly shot at a marijuana garden was found by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies and transported to an out of the area hospital. [See story here.] Later that day, the officers located the garden near where they had found the injured individual. A deceased man was found at the garden. [See story below.]
This is a press release from the Mendocino 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 09-27-2015 Sheriff’s Detectives conducted a foot search of the area where the injured 25-year-old Adult Male was found.
Sheriff’s Detectives traveled approximately .25 miles over mountainous terrain and located a marijuana garden site of approximately 200 plants.
An unidentified deceased Hispanic Adult Male with apparent gunshot wound(s) was found in close proximity to the garden site.
During the course of subsequent investigations Sheriff’s Detectives arrested Isidro Lopez-Bernal (26-year-old male from Ukiah, California) and Mario Godinez (25-year-old male from Cloverdale, California) in connection with the incident.
Both were contacted and arrested in different locations in Cloverdale, California.
Both were booked into the Mendocino County Jail on charges of murder and robbery, each to remain in custody in lieu of $500,000.00 bail.
The injured 25-year-old Adult Male’s involvement in the incident is still under investigation at this time.
The location of the marijuana garden site appeared to have been established as a result of a trespass onto privately owned property.
A forensic autopsy on the unidentified deceased Adult Male is scheduled for 09-29-2015 and identification is pending.
Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff’s Detectives is asked to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office tip-line by calling 707-234-2100.