The following is a press release issued by 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:
On 09-29-2022 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies assigned to the North Sector were dispatched to contact a resident of Laytonville regarding a missing person’s report.
The reporting person reported Aaron Vossler had been traveling with a friend known only by a nickname. The pair left Laytonville on 09-26-2022 in a black Toyota Prius and they were supposed to be traveling to a known address in the City of Ukiah. Vossler did not return home and the reporting person contacted his friends in an attempt to locate him.
The reporting person learned from one of Vossler’s friends that he never arrived at the reported destination in Ukiah and Vossler had not made any recent social media posts which was unusual.
A missing person’s report was taken at that time with the Deputies conducting follow up investigation in an attempt to locate Vossler. Deputies started to hear rumors that Vossler had possibly been the victim of foul play however they had a difficult time substantiating any of the information.
Sheriff’s Detectives began to assist the Patrol Deputies throughout the weekend and on 10-03-2022, they were able to contact someone who possibly had seen Vossler just prior to his disappearance.
This person was identified as Christopher Franklin Hill and he was contacted at a family member’s residence in the 8200 block of East Side Road in Potter Valley, California.
While at the location, Sheriff’s Detectives along with a Patrol Sergeant interviewed Hill and they were able to observe evidence of a possible violent crime in and about Hill’s vehicle. A search warrant was obtained for the residence and Hill’s vehicle.
During the search warrant service on 10-03-2022, human remains were located in a shallow grave on the property.
Hill was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the charge of murder as a result.
The scene was maintained by Sheriff’s Office personnel throughout the night until the morning of 10-04-2022.
Crime Scene specialists from the California Department of Justice assisted the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force and Investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office in processing the crime scene, which included exhuming the human remains from the grave.
Once exhumed, the remains were identified as being Vossler.
This investigation is ongoing, and any persons who may have information about this incident are encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Investigative Services Unit by calling the Sheriff’s Office Tip line at (707) 234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline at 1-800-782-7463.