Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Captain Greg Van Patten told us that an autopsy has been conducted on the body found in the trunk of a vehicle on 27000 block of Mendocino Pass Road on October 3, 2021. Results of the autopsy have determined that the body was that of an adult male who had been murdered.
Captain Van Patten said the investigation of the victim’s murder will be “time-consuming” because of its complexity and the fact the circumstances surrounding the man’s death seem to be a “body dump type of murder.”
The victim has been identified, Captain Van Patten explained, but the next-of-kin have yet to be notified
Investigations into the murder are ongoing by Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives which have included “locations outside of Mendocino County,” Captain Van Patten added.
A Fish and Wildlife Warden located the deceased body on the afternoon of October 3 in the trunk of a vehicle parked along the roadside. Initial details regarding the individual were scant due to the state of decomposition it was found.
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