UPDATE: JESSE PEYTON ROSE FOUND GUILTY. SENTENCING MAY 8, 2015
RED MOUNTAIN, Calif- The historic Mojave Desert mining communities of Red Mountain, Randsburg and Johannesburg are mourning the death of well known resident, Sandra Jean McKinney. “Sandy”, 71, was a beloved mother, grandmother, and dedicated employee who helped clean up county parks and was adored by each person who knew her. Sandy had maintained 20 plus years of sobriety and was quite an inspiring individual according to members of the community. She is described by fellow residents as “super cute” and was known to be a “sweet and contented lady”.
Sandra Jean McKinney was reported missing from her home in Red Mountain at 4:55 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014. San Bernardino County Sheriffs were directed toward an area off of Hwy 395, known as “Dog Patch”, just a few short miles from Sandra’s home, where two of her cars were found abandoned. An immediate ground search was conducted, as well as air search by helicopter, but Sandra remained missing.
Sadly, the following day at 4:45 pm, the search came to a end. Beloved Sandra Jean McKinney was found dead. To the horror of the community, her body was found at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft. At that point, Sandra’s death was ruled a homicide.
Since Sandra’s murder, residents of the Mojave remain on high alert. To have a local friend brutally murdered is truly horrible, but to have the criminals responsible for the murder roaming free, is down right frightening. Citizens are urged to exercise extreme caution and report any suspicious behavior until the suspects are taken into custody.
One positive detail in this case is that here, in the high desert of California, snitches DO NOT get stitches! Locals are happy to provide leads to investigators and are intolerant of letting this crime fade into the background. In fact, it appears that many of these residents are proud gun owners and will likely have them loaded and ready from now on. Sandra owned guns for protection as well, which may have played a role in the motive behind this crime. *See timeline and updates below.
ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED: On May 5, 2014, Jesse Peyton Rose, a 20-year old resident of Red Mountain and neighbor of Sandra McKinney was arrested for her murder in Las Vegas, Nevada.
CALIFORNIA SUPERIOR COURT: Jesse Peyton Rose was transported back to Victorville, California and arraigned in San Bernardino County Superior Court on May 15, 2014. He subsequently pleaded “not guilty” to charges of first degree murder, elder abuse and rape by force or fear. His bail was set at $1 million dollars.
JESSE ROSE TRIAL UPDATE: March 12, 2015. Convicted of murder, elder abuse and rape by force or fear.
God bless the hearts of Sandy’s surviving family and friends. True Love Never Dies
CONTACT SHERIFF: If you have any information regarding the murder of Sandra Jean McKinney, please contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff, Homicide Department at 909-387-3589. To leave an anonymous tip, call the “We Tip Hotline” at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463). Or, click on WETIP.COM to leave a tip online.
True Crime California will continue posting updates on this case until justice is served. If you have any photos of Sandra Jean McKinney and would like to see them appear on this blog in loving memory, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: *The above mentioned suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.