• April 29, 2017 /  San Bernardino CA, Suspicious Death


         Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – It was a Friday in the city of San Bernardino, December 9, 2016.  The autumn-winter sun set early that evening, just before 5 P.M.

    JANUARY BLAITHWAITE- January Lynn Blaithwaite, 35, grabbed her cell phone, stepped out the front door of her Mom’s house to smoke a cigarette and vanished.

    The first sign of trouble was January’s cell phone, located outside on the walkway, smashed into bits.  January was nowhere to be found.

    BODY FOUND ON 210 FREEWAY– Sadly, later that night, January was found on California’s State Route 210, also known as the “Foothill Freeway”. A passer-by saw her in the west-bound lane and called 911, but it was too late.

    SUSPICIOUS DEATH – December 9, 2016, January Blaithwaite, beloved Daughter, Sister and Mother of three was pronounced dead at the scene.

    It has been assumed that January was likely hit by a car.  That may have been what  ended her life, but doesn’t explain how or why  January was on the freeway, 5 miles from home in the first place; and why her phone was found smashed.

    It is unknown what happened the night January Braithwaite was killed, but it seems that foul play could be involved.

    SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF – If you have any information regarding the suspicious death of January Blaithwaite, please call:

    • San Bernardino County Sheriff at 909-388-4826.
    • Submit an Anonymous Tip by phone: 1-800-78-CRIME
    • www.wetip.com. Click on “submit tip”.

    A Memorial Fund has been set up for January Blaithwaite on GoFundMe.Com

    Prayers of Comfort for Stella Rosas, January’s Mom.  True Love Never  Dies.

    Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com


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  • April 6, 2016 /  California Unsolved Murders

    rich meinert lassen Written by Chandler Vaughn

    JANESVILLE, Calif- On June 23, 2014 someone took the life of Dr. Richard Meinert, beloved father, veterinarian and outstanding citizen of Janesville, a small Nor-Cal town in Lassen County.

    DR. RICHARD MEINERT- Rich Meinert was found shot in the chest at Thompson Peak Veterinary Clinic. It is suspected that Dr. Rich interrupted a burglary, struggled with the assailants and was killed during the fight. The amount of money or drugs/animal sedatives the killers got away with is unknown.

    CAL DEPT OF JUSTICE– The California Department of Justice was called in to handle forensics at the scene of the murder.

    The hat shown below was collected from the crime scene and may have been warn by one of the assailants.

    Dr. Rich killer's hat  killers hat 3  killers hat 2

    Almost two years later, Dr. Rich’s murder remains unsolved.

    LASSEN COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have any information regarding the murder of Dr. Richard Meinert please contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 530-257-6121.

    Reward Offered: Call Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

    Dr. Rich’s accomplishments and contributions are many. I’ve included a copy/paste of his loving obituary below…What an excellent individual he was.

    1959 – 2014 Obituary Condolences
    Richard Joseph Meinert III

    Our beloved brother, father, uncle, nephew, and friend, Richard Joseph Meinert III passed away in Janesville, California on Monday, June 23, 2014.

    Rich was born in Washington, D.C. on January 14, 1959. He spent his childhood years in Illinois, Tennessee, and Southern California, and moved to Janesville with his parents and five siblings in 1975. He graduated from Lassen High School in 1977. He spent his early working years on construction projects and livestock at his family’s Janesville property. He became very good with a chainsaw and could build anything. On the Lassen College Fire Crew and with the Forest Service, he often teamed up with his brother Austin to cut fire line and work as a timber faller – collecting memories and life-long friendships along the way. There was nothing Rich enjoyed more than filling his pickup with the firewood he cut with his family and friends except, perhaps, cutting the perfect Christmas tree with his kids Morgan, Austin, and Zachary. Rich was completely at home in the woods. During his CB radio days, his handle was “Woodrat.”

    Rich’s interest in animals began on the family ranch where he learned to raise pigs, rabbits, cows, and horses. He earned his B.A. in Animal Science at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1984, working with Dr. Don Hanks, Dr. Darrell Foote, and his father on bovine reproduction using his dad’s cattle. He completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University in 1990, and began his veterinary career with Lassen Veterinary Hospital under the direction of Dr. Tom Pyle. He started Thompson Peak Veterinary Services soon thereafter, and with the help of his dedicated and knowledgeable assistants over the years each horse and kitten was treated with the same compassion and skill. Rich’s expertise took him to the far corners of Lassen County and beyond. At one time he was licensed in 5 western states, Kansas, and New Hampshire. Rich participated in research at Plum Island, New York where he studied the diseases of livestock related to bioterrorism and was a state veterinarian for the California Department of Agriculture researching bovine tuberculosis. For many years Rich was the contracted veterinarian with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Program in Litchfield. He also served as the fair veterinarian at the Lassen County Fair, providing necessary vet services and working with kids from the Lassen Dairy Group, 4-H and FFA on proper husbandry. He never once asked for compensation.

    Rich was one of the most unselfish people you would ever meet, contributing his time and money to individuals and groups, and projects like the park in Janesville. He yearly provided the low-cost Doyle Vaccine Clinic, and was key to the Pups on Parole Program. Monday mornings were spent with students at Janesville School where X-ray day with “Dr. Rich” was a favorite. Kids were allowed to take home a real x-ray of animals that had broken a bone, or swallowed a fishhook. He also helped train Lassen High School Vet Science Team for competitions.

    Rich was an avid skier and recently took up snowmobiling, but his kids were the focus of his life. Whether camping, boating, fishing, working with them at school, thrilling them on the Polar Express, or devouring seafood at Red Lobster, those three kids gave him life.

    We have all suffered an incomprehensible loss. The compassion that Rich had for his work set him apart. His family and his many friends will miss his big smile, his ready laughter, his generous hugs, and his loving, thoughtful ways. We are better people for having known him and shared in his life.

    Rich is survived by his children, Morgan, Zachary, and Austin of Janesville; former wife Elda Cooper of Janesville; sisters Susan Moore, Elizabeth Fielder, Megan Deal all of Reno; brothers Austin Meinert of Janesville and Michael Meinert of Reno; aunt and uncle Robert Case and Mary Meinert-Case of Sacramento; aunt and uncle Richard and Mary Jane DeCorps of Falls Church, Virginia; aunt Susan Harst of Massilon, Ohio; six nieces and nephews, and many cousins. Rich was preceded in death by his parents Richard Joseph Meinert Jr. and Marilyn Jean Meinert.

    LASSEN COUNTY 4-H– Donations can be made to the “Dr. Rich Meinert Compassion in Action Memorial Award” to honor 4-H achievement. Contact the Lassen County 4-H Office at: 530-251-8285.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA- Deepest sympathy and prayers for the family and friends of Dr. Rich. His life and spirit will not be forgotten. True Love Never Dies.

    Contact or Comment: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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  • Chairo Garibay: 10-year Murder Unsolved

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    December 11, 2015 /  California Unsolved Murders, Yuba County

    Chairo 2 Written by Chandler Vaughn

    OLIVEHURST, Calif.- Residents of Olivehurst, a tiny enclave of Yuba County, are still grieving the loss of a beautiful young woman named Chairo Garibay, who was viciously murdered ten years ago today, December 11, 2005.

    This was no ordinary morning for Chairo. It was the Mass of Our Lady, The Virgin of Guadalupe. It was a sacred. A celebration she attended every year with her family, as a matter of devotion. This day, Chairo was doing what most young ladies her age don’t do anymore, she was preparing for church, at 5 a.m.

    What a remarkable young citizen she was.

    After that morning, Chairo Garibay was never seen alive again. She had been attacked and murdered. It sickens the soul to repeat the shameful way her life was taken…so I won’t. (Please see TCC’s previous post for details).

    CHAIRO GARIBAY’S MURDER IS STILL UNSOLVED. Her killer continues to have freedom in this world. Somebody knows something.

    Please help solve this crime. If you have any details relating to this case, no matter how insignificant, please contact Yuba County Sheriff at 530-749-7777.

    My prayers for strength and continued comfort go out to Chairo’s mother, Magdalena, and her beautiful young siblings. There are no words strong enough to convey my concern. True Crime California will continue posting updates until Chairo’s murder is solved and her killer is brought to face justice…in this life…and for eternity. True Love Never Dies.

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  • Who Killed Delbert Wilder?

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    January 9, 2015 /  California Unsolved Murders

    Del Wilder 1 GRASS VALLEY, Calif.

    NEVADA COUNTY: Residents continue to grieve the loss of beloved father and friend, Delbert Wilder, found shot to death Oct. 15, 2011.

    As far away as Tyler, Texas, former co-worker, Daryl Haines and wife, Cybil, along with many others here in California who worked with Delbert at Sierra Metal Fabricators in Nevada City, are still wondering…”WHO SHOT OUR BUDDY DEL???”

    DELBERT WILDER: Hands down, people loved Del. He is described as a “sweet guy”, as well as a great friend and hard worker.

    The known facts of Del’s unsolved homicide are as follows:

    • Delbert Randolph Wilder was found dead at his Toby Trail property off of Greenhorn Road in Grass Valley California.
    • Cause of Death: gunshot wound to chest.
    • Del was found on Oct. 15, 2011, however, the Nevada County Sheriff Coroner suspected he had been deceased for several days.
    • Del’s body was found leaning up against the door of his rec room, located over the garage.
    • Random burglary was ruled out, as many items of value were left untouched.
    • No signs of forced entry, Del may have known the perpetrator.

    Although Del Wilder’s murder remains unsolved, this tough as nails Vietnam Veteran will not be forgotten.

    NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF: If you have any information regarding the unsolved homicide of Delbert Wilder please contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office at 530-265-7880.

    If you have comments or photos of Del Wilder and wish to submit them in loving memory to be shown on this website, please email to: truecrimecalifornia@gmail.com.

    True Crime California would like to offer its deepest sympathy and prayers to the friends and loved ones of Delbert Wilder. Updates on Del’s unsolved homicide will continue to be posted here until his killer is brought to face the full force of Justice. True Love Never Dies.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn.

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  • The Murder of Erika Lango

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    Erika Padron Lango DELANO, Calif.

    KERN COUNTY: The fertile Kern Valley of California has never been witness to a darker deed than on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. On this shameful night, a young lady named Erika Lango was murdered and dumped into the shallow waters of the Friant-Kern Canal.

    ERIKA LANGO, 26, worked as a dental assistant to support her four beautiful children. She was married to the children’s father, Julio Lango. Erika was loved by many in the small community of Delano, an agricultural suburb of Bakersfield, located in the famous “grape belt” of California.

    HISTORY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: As it happens, just weeks before she went missing, Erika filed a restraining order and spousal battery charges against her husband, Julio, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq. It appears that Erika and Julio were headed for divorce.

    Erika’s mother, Esther Padron, stated that her son-in-law, Julio Lango, had called her the morning after Erika’s disappearance to announce that Erika had not come home. Julio claimed that he and Erika were having drinks together at her apartment when an argument insued between them. With that, Julio said that Erika walked out the door at 10 p.m. to go visit a friend, on foot, and hadn’t returned.

    When Esther heard Julio’s account of what had happened, she immediately called authorities to report her daughter missing. Esther and family members examined the couple’s SUV to see if anything looked unusual. Peering into the window of the SUV, dark red spots came into focus. Two spots, to be exact, that looked like drops of blood on the center console. Also in plain sight, a baseball bat and a pink sweater that Erika was wearing the night before. Later that day, the SUV was impounded by Delano Police to be thoroughly inspected for evidence.

    By this time, Erika’s family was in a state of alert, disturbed by the fact that Julio had been at Erika’s apartment, in direct violation of the restraining order she had filed with Kern County.  In addition, Julio’s story of Erika “walking to a friends house” sounded unbelievable. Her family found it odd for Erika to walk anywhere and stated they couldn’t imagine her doing so, especially in the middle of the night. Furthermore, the “friend”, who Erika allegedly walked to visit, admitted having no plans to see her that night, when questioned by police.

    MISSING PERSONS SEARCH: The agonizing search for Erika began. Prayers for her safety weighted the hearts of family members and concerned Delano residents. Facts were uncovered by day, while vigils were held by night.

    Shortly after the investigation began, a video tape from the local a.m./ p.m. mini mart was recovered by police. This discovery put Julio Lango at odds with his own story of the night in question. Video footage from Oct. 9 shows Erika making a purchase at 10:29 p.m. wearing the same pink sweater that was found in the SUV the next day. She then leaves the market and waits by the SUV. Julio enters the drivers side of vehicle and drives away with Erika Lango.

    This was the last time Erika was seen alive.

    JULIO LANGO was arrested for violating the restraining order Erika had filed prior to her disappearance, as was evidenced in the video obtained from the a.m./ p.m. mini mart. At this point, The Delano Police Department officially named Julio Lango a person of interest in the case. Eventually, Julio was also charged with spousal battery in Kern County Superior Court on Oct. 31, 2013, despite Erika’s absence in the courtroom.

    November came and went, no sign of Erika.

    Sadly, on Dec. 3, an employee of the Friant-Kern Irrigation District, discovered a human body floating in the 152 mile-long canal. The Delano Police Department and Kern County Sheriff’s Office were called to recover the remains.

    Hearts were breaking as the body of a young citizen was pulled from the waters of The Friant-Kern. With unspeakable sadness, her identity was confirmed to be Erika Lango.

    Erika’s murder remains unsolved.

    If you have any information regarding the unsolved murder of Erika Padron Lango, please contact the Delano Police Department at 661-721-3377.

    True Crime California offers it’s deepest sympathy and prayers for the loved ones of Erika Lango. TCC will continue posting updates until Justice is served. True Love Never Dies.

    *If you are interested in submitting a photo of Erika to be posted on this website, in loving memory, please email: chandlerzone@gmail.com. For comments on this article: truecrimecalifornia@gmail.com.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn

    Note: “Persons of interest” in any criminal investigation are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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  • The Murder of Sandra Jean McKinney

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    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 chandlerzone@gmail.com.

    Note: *The above mentioned suspect is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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  • Who Killed Isaiah Marsh?

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    November 2, 2013 /  Body Found California

    isaiah marshWritten by Chandler Vaughn

    NEVADA CITY, Calif– Isaiah Eli Marsh, 30 year old Nevada City resident was reported missing on April 14, 2009. According to family members, it was not like Isaiah to let his cell phone run out of charge, not keep his charger with him, and not keep in close touch. Isaiah’s last known location was pinpointed by a final “ping” on a cell phone tower at Bullard’s Bar. Isaiah was never heard from again.

    One month later Isaiah’s black Ford F-350 truck was found abandoned in Riverside County, Ca. but with no sign of Isaiah in or near his vehicle.

    Vigils were held, birthdays passed. Today Isaiah would be 34 years old.

    Finally, in 2013, the heartbreaking news came. Isaiah had been found.

    It had been four long years when the Department of Justice matched Isaiah’s DNA to a sample that had been preserved in California since 2009.

    ISAIAH MARSH BODY FOUND– As it turns out, Isaiah’s body was found outside Desert Hot Springs in Riverside County on June 12, 2009. His remains were located near Long Canyon Road and Hacienda Avenue, but he was not identified until August 16, 2013. It was estimated by the Riverside County Coroner that Isaiah’s body had been in the canyon for 5-10 days when he was found deceased. Isaiah’s cause of death was undetermined. Sadly, his remains had been set on fire.

    Note: It has been alleged that Isaiah’s murder may have been 420 related. No matter what dark motive this killer had, Isaiah Marsh was a citizen of California, loved by many, who deserves justice.

    NEVADA COUNTY SHERIFF-If you have any information relating to the unsolved murder of Isaiah Eli Marsh, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept at 951-955-2777 or the Nevada County Sheriff’s Major Crime Unit at 530-265-1263.

    Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Isaiah Marsh. True Crime California will continue to post updates on Isaiah’s case until his killer is brought to face Justice. True Love Never Dies.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn. Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com



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  • July 23, 2013 /  Body Found, Sutter County Unsolved

    victim picchi photo Written by Chandler Vaughn

    SUTTER CO.- On the morning of April 2, 1999 a heartbreaking discovery was made in southern Sutter County, California. The body of Elizabeth Francis Picchi was found near a drainage canal, she had been murdered.

    ELIZABETH PICCHI- Elizabeth was a 31 year old Grass Valley resident who frequented the Yuba-Sutter area. She was last seen in a nearby area known as Linda.

    Sadly, Elizabeth’s body was found unclothed. She had been strangled and stabbed multiple times. The community of Sutter was shocked. This vicious crime was committed successfully, without detection.

    REWARD: In 1999, The Carole Sund Foundation donated a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case of Elizabeth Picchi. Carole Sund, (whom the foundation is named after), along with daughter, Juli, and friend Silvina Peloso were found murdered outside Yosimite National Park in March 1999, the same year Elizabeth Picchi was found.

    California citizens be advised, although it has been over 15 years since this horrific crime was committed, it remains unsolved and Elizabeth’s killer, remains at large.

    Elizabeth Picchi continues to be loved and missed by family and friends in the area.

    SUTTER CO. SHERIFF- If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Sutter County Sheriff at 530-822-7307.

    Deepest sympathy to Elizabeth’s mother, Patricia Picchi, daughter, Krystal Keller and loved ones. True Crime California will continue to post updates on this case until Elizabeth’s murderer is brought to face the full force of Justice. True Love Never Dies.

    If any other photos of Elizabeth are available to post, please send to chandlerzone@gmail.com.

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  • mourning-angelCOOL, Calif- Written by Chandler Vaughn

    VERONICA MARTINNEZ– In January 1992, a young California citizen named Veronica Martinez left her home to go grocery shopping and was never seen alive again. Very few facts are known about what actually happened to Veronica that day in 1992 over twenty years ago, but what has been released to the public is horrific.

    BODY FOUND– The following is written with great sadness. Veronica’s remains were found two months later in early March, a few miles north of Cool, California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Veronica had been murdered and dumped onto an embankment off of State Hwy 49 that runs along the American River. The fact that a 19 year old, pregnant mother of two had been murdered was terrible enough, but Veronica had been decapitatedIt was unspeakable.

    UNSOLVED MURDER– This unsolved murder has been under publicized. While details of a case must be kept classified to insure the integrity of an investigation, it simultaneously allows the local citizens to remain uninformed and unaware of ongoing danger that may be present in their community.  In addition, this crime took place such a long time ago that many residents feel a false sense of security or have never even heard of it.

    TRUE CRIME CALIFORNIA– The questions regarding this case abound. Was it someone Veronica knew who tried to conceal her identity? Is it possible her killer is still at large in California? It is. Always take caution. Be Safe California.

    EL DORADO COUNTY SHERIFF– If you have information relating to the Veronica Martinez case please contact the El Dorado Co. Sheriffs Office at 530-621-5655.

    Deepest sympathy to the family and friends of beloved California citizen, Veronica Martinez. True Crime California will continue to post updates until her killer is brought to face the full force of justice. True Love Never Dies.

    Contact Chandler Vaughn: chandlerzone@gmail.com.

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  • victim hannaford photoCarolyn Sue Hannaford Unsolved Murder. Sutter County, Ca.

    Carolyn Sue Hannaford is another female resident of Sutter County, California to take her last breath at the hands of a killer.

    Sadly, her body was found west of State Hwy 99 at W. Catlett and Vernon Road on November 13, 1999. She was found wearing light blue jeans, a white t-shirt and white socks. Her death was ruled a homicide, however few details have been released to the public. Residents be advised, Carolyn Sue’s killer remains at large in California.

    Carolyn Sue is memorialized at Sunset Lawn Memorial Park in Sacramento, California.

    True Crime California wishes to offer our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of this beautiful California citizen.  TCC will continue to post updates on Carolyn Sue’s case until her killer is brought to face the full force of justice.  True Love Never Dies.

    If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office at 530-822-7307.

    Written by Chandler Vaughn, True Crime California.  Contact: chandlerzone@gmail.com

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