32-year-old Ukiah man Edward Two Feathers Steele has officially been booked for murder on the same day he was named as the person of interest in the abandonment of a two-year-old and the death of a one-year-old child.
A press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office yesterday morning indicated law enforcement was dispatched on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 3, 2022, to the 300 block of Ukiah’s Brush Street after a 2-year-old was found abandoned and suffering from heat-related complications. Deputies began to comb the area and located a one-year-old child tragically deceased nearby.
Investigators would determine that the two children had been left in the care of Steele who was staying at a hotel on the 1300 block of North State Street.
On Tuesday at 4:50 a.m., Steele was reportedly seen in the company of the two children walking along North State Street. As far as the public knows at this point, this would be the last sighting of the children until their discovery nearly twelve hours later in the heat of the afternoon.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced that after their initial press release, Steele was successfully apprehended in Hopland after members of the Hopland Rancheria reported seeing him on tribal land.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is asking any residents and/or business owners in areas Steele and the children might have been walking to comb their surveillance footage from 4:30 a.m.-7:00 a.m. on August 3, 2022 for any sign of them. Those areas include:
- Between the 900 block and the 1500 block of North State Street
- Any located on Mazzoni Street
- East of the Brush Street/North State Street intersection through the 300 block of Brush Street
Remember, any charges associated with this incident have not been proven in a court of law and the details of the incident are still being sorted out. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.