[UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: Suspect Located] Homicide Suspect May Be Driving This Missing Vehicle

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:

Kelley Coan

On 5/23/2017 around 8:36 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a resident living in 42900 block of Caspar Little Lake Road in Mendocino who reported shots being fired west of his location.  A deputy was dispatched to the location, searched the area west of the reporting person’s location, as well as the main road, but did not locate anything suspicious nor did he hear shots being fired. This area is densely forested with pygmy forest with residences scattered on large parcels throughout the area.

Around 11:12 AM a medical aid call was received from a resident, who lives south of the original caller, requesting and ambulance for a female who was down and injured.  Medical units and Sheriff’s Deputies responded where they located victim Jamie Shipman, 57 years of age, deceased.  The evidence located at the scene indicated Shipman was the victim of a homicide.  Sheriff’s Detectives, assisted by investigators of the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, responded and assumed the investigation.

Detectives learned the victim and her husband have lived on the property for several years as did the suspect, Kelley Coan, 39 years of age, and her son, 20 years of age.  The investigation revealed the Coan was upset with the victim and her husband about a dispute related to the property they all lived on.  The victim’s vehicle was missing from the scene.  Evidence at the scene led detectives to believe Coan was responsible for the homicide and a warrant is being sought at this time for her arrest on a charge of murder.

The victim’s vehicle is still outstanding and is described as a 2009 Chevrolet HHR, California license plate #6JWT270.  A photograph of the vehicle is attached below.

Kelley Coan, shown in the attached photograph from 2007, is also outstanding.  She is described as a white female adult, 5’06” tall, weighing approximately 140 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with information related to the whereabouts of the suspect, the victim’s vehicle, or pertinent information about this case to contact the Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (707)463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line at (707)234-2100.

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UPDATE 7:30 p.m.: According to the Mendocino Voice, the suspect has surrendered and the vehicle has also been recovered. See here for more information.

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