On Sept. 5, 2023, at about 2:32 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1400 block of Marty Avenue in McKinleyville to conduct a welfare check.
According to the reporting party, a resident of the home missed an appointment and was unable to be reached. Deputies arrived at the residence and located three individuals deceased inside.
Investigators with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Division responded to the residence and based upon their investigation, there are no outstanding suspects. This case is being investigated as a murder/suicide.
During their investigation, Sheriff’s investigators learned that the decedents were relatives by marriage and were living together at the time of this incident. The three are believed to have been deceased for several weeks before being discovered.
The deceased are described as follows:
- 81-year-old white male
- 58-year-old white male
- 62-year-old white female
Identities of the deceased are being withheld pending next of kin notification. Autopsies have been scheduled for tomorrow, September 7. Cause and manner of death will be available for release following the results of the autopsies.
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Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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