Monday, 24 June 2024

REGIONAL: Officials release new details about body found in state park

MENDOCINO COUNTY – Authorities in Mendocino County are continuing to investigate the discovery of a body in a state park this weekend.


The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office reported that a body was discovered early Saturday morning at Hendy Woods State Park in Boonville.


The body has been identified as that of Salvadore Alfonso Aguilar, 20, of Fort Bragg.


On Saturday, the same day as Aguilar's body was discovered, Mendocino Sheriff's Dispatch received a phone call from one of his relatives, who stated that she had been contacted by another family member who told her that the victim had shot himself and friends took him to a park and dropped him off.


Detectives contacted the family member in Fort Bragg and learned the victim had been dropped off in the park by his girlfriend and two others.


The detectives were able to contact the girlfriend and the two males. After interviews detectives were able to determine that Aguilar had been working in a marijuana garden in a remote part of Fishrock Road, Yorkville.


Aguilar was said to be despondent over a breakup with his girlfriend. He had walked off when the other four subjects heard a gunshot and found him dead.


They carried the victim up to Fishrock Road where they were met and transported Aguilar to the area where he was found.


Detectives are attempting to identify the location of the marijuana garden crime scene and recover a firearm.


The case remains under investigation the victim's family has been notified.


The cause of death will be determined by autopsy.

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