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Son of Missing Willits Man Arrested for Homicide After His Father Was Found On Family Property Buried in a ‘Fresh Grave’

The following is an updated press released 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:

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Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies outside Whetstone’s home on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 collecting evidence associated with his homicide [Picture from a unnamed Willits citizen]

On 10-14-2020 the investigation into the disappearance of James Andrew Whetstone continued with investigators revisiting the family property located in the 1500 block of Valley Road in Willits, California.

James Andrew Whetstone [Picture provided by his daughter Sophia Martinez]

While on the property, investigators developed information that led them to the discovery of a fresh grave that had been concealed with debris.

A search warrant was granted for an in-depth search of the property, prompting a further search by Sheriff’s Detectives with the assistance of investigators with the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office. During this time, Sheriff’s Detectives excavated the area of the fresh grave and recovered the remains of James Andrew Whetstone.

Sheriff’s Detectives were able to link James Presley Whetstone to James Andrew Whetstone’s death and arrested him based upon probable cause.

James Presley Whetstone was identified as being James Andrew Whetstone’s biological son and the pair lived together on the family property.

James Presley Whetstone was to be booked into the Mendocino County Jail on a charge of 187 PC (Murder) to be held in lieu of an undetermined amount of bail at the time of this press release.

James Presley Whetstone, accused of homicide [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

A forensic autopsy of James Andrew Whetstone’s body is pending at this time.

Sheriff’s Detectives are continuing investigations into the incident.

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