Covelo resident Joseph Hoaglen is facing criminal charges, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in connection to the disappearance of Traci Bland and Kyle McCartney, says Mendocino County Sheriff Office’s Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten.
Traci Bland and Kyle McCartney were said to have been attacked on November 19 after arrival at an Oak Lane property in Covelo. Four days later, two bodies were discovered alongside Hulls Valley Road. Captain Van Patten told us, “the bodies were confirmed as being an adult male and female.” He added, “[T]the male was identified as being Kyle and the female still remains unidentifiable at this time.”
Regarding the charging of Joseph Hoaglen in connection with the deaths, Captain Van Patten said, “Detectives believe they had enough probable cause for the additional charges at this point, and the DA will have the ultimate decision on if charges will be filed.”
Details provided within the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs indicate deputies booked Joseph Hoaglen into the Mendocino County Jail on November 22. The charges he faces were listed in the following days.
Charges against Hoaglen described in the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Bookings include kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and conspiracy to commit a felony.
In December 2018, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office featured Hoaglen in their “Warrant Wednesday” post describing him as being wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.
In January 2018, Hoaglen faced charges of robbery and vehicle theft.
In March of 2017, Hoaglen was stopped by MCSO deputies while driving in Round Valley, and a record check indicated he had outstanding warrants for second-degree robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office asks to hear from “anyone with specific information” about the crimes committed against Bland and McCartney. If you have any information about this case please call the Sheriff’s Office Communications line at 707-463-4086 or the Tip line at 707-234-2100.