Friday, December 1, 2023

15-Year-Old Girl Booked for Murder as a Suspect in the Killing of Covelo Teen

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 04-15-2023 at 11:25 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the presence of a deceased person in a vacant field located to the north of the 23800 block of Howard Street in Covelo, California.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted the uncle of the deceased person who was identified as being Ruby Sky Montelongo (16-year-old female from Covelo, CA).  Deputies learned Montelongo’s uncle had been searching the area for her after she failed to return home the previous evening.  During that search effort, Montelongo’s uncle found her deceased in the vacant field prompting a call to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and began investigations into the circumstances of Montelongo’s death. 

During those initial investigations on 04-15-2023, Sheriff’s Detectives learned Montelongo had been socializing with a 15-year-old female during the evening of 04-14-2023.  The pair knew each other as they both lived in Covelo.

During the evening of 04-14-2023 the 15-year-old female physically assaulted Montelongo in the vacant field.  Sheriff’s Detectives developed probable cause which led them to believe Montelongo’s death was related to the physical assault.

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Sheriff’s Detectives arrested the 15-year-old female on 04-15-2023 and she was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Juvenile Hall on a murder charge.

This investigation is still ongoing, to determine the circumstances of the physical assault and Montelongo’s official cause of death.  Sheriff’s Detectives are being assisted by investigators from the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office. 

A forensic autopsy is scheduled for 04-19-2023 which will include BA/Toxicology analysis which normally takes several weeks for results to be returned to the Coroner’s Office.

Anyone with information that could assist Sheriff’s Detectives in this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline by calling 800-782-7463.

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  1. What bothers me is there is only one other comment here. Guess there is little interest in or compassion for the teenager victim. Ukiah is kind of deadened that way. Also strange that the sheriff is so sure about the person who committed the crime. Seems there is no “innocent until proven guilty” here. What is going on in Mendocino County? It is falling apart. Sheriff claims not enough deputies, etc., but the department is still hundreds of thousands over budget.

    • I agree that women seem to be less worthy to many…but the other arti c les have many many comments regarding this incident. May want to check them out

      • Maybe you should check them out … more carefully. For example, there are over 100 comments on “Redheaded Blackbelt” but most of them are about a typo made by the editor, Kym Kemp, which these blockheads are now claiming must mean the ALLEGED perpetrator was transgender. That, to me, is a perfect example of what I mean about people from Mendo and Humboldt (and maybe everywhere in this rapidly disintegrating nation), that there is a certain whacko lack of regard for human life. BTW, Kym Kemp agrees that the obsession with the typo is a strange indication of twisted minds. Also, do not jump to the conclusion that I was talking about less attention paid to women. This incident is about a teenage girl, who died tragically, and another teenager who may or may not have done this act. Let’s just have some compassion.

    • A beautiful young lady’s life was taken by someone. She barely had a chance to live. Condolences to her family.

  2. There probably wont be mention of this since the tribes are living in fear, What people dont understand is there is a huge cartel presence that has came to this valley n found people who already (for good reason based on happenings in the past) were reluctant to call law enforcement, and a valley where law enforcements presence is many miles away if called. Over the last q0 years they moved in n trying to stand up is a death sentence. There are those who have be friended them im sure but im also sure the majority of the tribes population just wants their valley back to raise their children n live their lives in peace. People are so quick to judge what they dont understand n whatever your thoughts or beliefs its easy to type about but honestly how quick would you be individually to speak up if you knew someone in your family could pay with their life.? Our brothers n sisters NEED OUR SUPPORT so they can SAFELY SPEAK OUT! I am not native but being raised in mendo n growing up visiting my non native uncle wayne my whole life, who worked at the mill n hunted with his hounds, n lived in covelo peacefully for more than 40 years, visiting was some of my fondest memories and i met so many amazing people during that time. THEY ARE OUR MENDO FAMILY so instead of speaking poison maybe some words n actions that support their abiliity to not live in fear..

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