19-Year-Old Identified as Homicide Victim; Mendocino Sheriff Requests Public’s Help
On September 13, an unidentified young man was found dead near mile marker 24.98 in Covelo. According to a press release from the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office, the man “was clearly the victim of a homicide.” The press release, however, did not state what was the cause of his death. Today, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the victim and are requesting the public’s help.
Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 9/19/2017 the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office confirmed, through finger print comparison, the victim in this case was 19 year old Ramon Naranjo (Castaneda), pictured below. It is believed Ramon may have lived in or frequented the San Jose area before travelling to Covelo.
An autopsy was conducted on Friday (9/15/2017) which confirmed the manner of death as being a homicide. However, the exact cause of death is not being released at this point in the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone who may have information about the movements or whereabouts of Ramon in the days and weeks before his death to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Communications Center at 707-463-4086 or the Sheriff’s Tip Line at 707-234-2100.