Updated: Two bodies east of Bonanza being investigated

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Updated: Oct 19, 2012 – 3:01 p.m.

From Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger

The man reported missing by his family, on October 11th, is from the Richmond, California area. Family members report that Everado Mendez-Ceja was going to the Bonanza area to purchase a horse, hay, or both. Mendez-Ceja was traveling with a friend, although the family had little information about the friend and a general description of the truck.

After a truck was located by a rancher on the 6th of October, it took a forensic examination of the burned-out truck to determine its origin and owner. The vehicle is registered to Ricardo Jauregui of Oakley , California.

The two missing men are believed to be:

Everado Mendez-Ceja , 32, of Richmond California. Hispanic Male 5’8” 170 Black Hair and Brown Eyes and Ricardo Jauregui, 38, of Oakley California. Hispanic Male 5’8” 180 Black Hair and Brown Eyes.

A helicopter was used to search the area earlier this week before detectives, looking at places and properties of interest in the area, found two bodies on a ranch approximately 6 miles from where the truck was found. The remains of two males located have not been identified and it is expected to take some time to positively identify them.

Dozens of interviews are taking place in a multi-agency investigation as investigators work to identify persons of interest.

Newstalk 1150 KAGO interview with Sheriff Evinger

Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 – 1:17 p.m.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s office says the case is an “apparent double homicide” and the investigation is very active.

Two bodies were found on ranch property off McCartie Lane near Bonanza and both are male. They were found in a wooded area by detectives assisting patrol on an arson investigation where a “severely burned-out” pickup truck was found Oct. 6. The pickup was discovered approximately six miles away.

The sheriff’s office was already actively investigating a missing person case. A California family reported at least one person overdue returning to the state on Oct. 11. The pickup truck is believed to belong to someone who was traveling with the reported missing person.


BONANZA, Ore. — The Klamath County Major Crime Team responded to the report of two bodies east of Bonanza Thursday evening.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s office said in a release that over a combined dozen officers and other personnel are working on the scene.

The major crime team started working on the case just before 5 p.m. and an update on the investigation is expected by Friday afternoon.