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.
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.