[UPDATE] Woman and Child Sought in Connection With Mendocino Homicide Reported to Be in Bay Area
The mother of a woman who was sought in connection with a homicide victim that was found north of Laytonville yesterday has contacted law enforcement telling them the woman is with her in the Bay Area, according to Lt. Shannon Barney of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.
Barney said that the possibility that a woman and child had been abducted was brought to law enforcement’s attention yesterday at 3:39 yesterday afternoon when they “received a call of a possible homicide off the back of the Hog Farm. The caller also thought that there may be a woman and child missing.” Barney said the caller “was associated with the property” and “discovered the body the morning after the incident and took a long time to walk out to get to a phone.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered “one male deceased and one female normally there was gone.” The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office then put out a BOLO because they were worried that the woman and her child may have been abducted, Barney explained.
“Not too long into the investigation, we learned she was safe,” Barney said. “The female’s family said she is safe…[However,] We have not interviewed her…For we all know she may have fled, or been abducted, or even been a participant.”
Because it was raining so hard and the woman and child were safe, Lt. Barney said the decision was made to “lock the crime scene down” and finish up today. “The Department of Justice criminalists and our detectives are investigating,” he explained saying he would not comment on the mode of death. “We have to have a complete autopsy.” However, he did say that the death was suspicious.
He added that there were no obvious suspects but, he said, “We have some people that are associated with the property we want to interview.”
UPDATE: The Mendocino Voice has more information from a source in the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department.