The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. This has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
During the midst of active investigations, Sheriff’s Detectives developed the identities of two adult males as persons of interest in this homicide investigation.
During the evening hours of 09-24-23, Sheriff’s Detectives were contacted by Antonio Coria Garcia who was one of the persons of interest. This contact was at the request of Coria Garcia.
During the contact, Sheriff’s Detectives established probable cause to believe Coria Garcia was involved in the killing of the adult male victim. As a result, Coria Garcia was booked into the Mendocino County Jail (Inmate Detail – CORIAGARCIA, ANTONIO).
Sheriff’s Detectives are currently seeking to locate the second identified person of interest and that person’s identity is being withheld at this time.
Sheriff’s Detectives have identified the adult male victim as being Jesus Joel Romero, a 32-year-old from Gualala, California.
A forensic autopsy is scheduled for later this week, but preliminary body observations suggest Romero died as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.