Thursday, 29 February 2024

REGIONAL: Officials search for suspects in Sept. 11 homicide

HOPLAND – Mendocino County Sheriff's officials are searching for suspects in the Sept. 11 beating death of a Hopland man.


Raul Delara Ruiz, 52, was found beaten to death at around 2 a.m. Sept. 11, according to a report from Lt. Rusty Noe of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.


Deputies were dispatched to a remote property along Highway 175 in Hopland on the report of a beating, and found the severely beaten Ruiz in a marijuana garden, Noe reported.


Noe said Ruiz was pronounced dead at the scene.


The cause of Ruiz's death was determined as blunt force trauma to the head, according to Noe.


A preliminary investigation revealed that Ruiz was cultivating marijuana with three suspects when they were involved in a dispute over the marijuana garden's water supply, Noe reported. Both Ruiz and his wife were assaulted, and Ruiz died as a result.


Mendocino County Sheriff's Detectives are attempting to identify the suspects and are asking anyone with information call Detective Eric Riboli at 707-463-4111 or the tip line at 707-467-9159.

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