Bonanza Double Murder Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, October 24 2012 at 3:59 PM, Updated: Wed, October 24 2012 at 4:09 PM

Autopsies reveal that two men found dead near Bonanza last week died from gunshot wounds...but their identities haven't been confirmed.

The bodies were found on a horse ranch last Thursday.

Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster says that autopsies were conducted in Central Point Tuesday afternoon...

"Cause of manner of death was homicide from gunshot wounds."

Investigators aren't saying how long the bodies had been there.

"They had been there a while."  Acknowledged Forster.  "Outside of that, we're not comfortable at this time releasing any further information about this.  We don't want to compromise the investigation and the prosecution of this case."

Police believe one of the men is 32 year old Everado Mendez-Ceja of Richmond, California. 

The other man is presumed to be 38 year old Ricardo Jauregui of Oakley, California.

"But at this point, we do not have any positive I-D."  Cautions Forster.  "And do not expect any for several more days."

The families of both Mendez-Ceja and Jauregui have been notified...

"The missing guys families have been contacted and notified that there is that possibility."  Forster adds that police say they haven't ruled out any persons of interest, or possible motives behind the shootings.  "The investigation is ongoing.  We've got some leads that we're working on, trying to resolve the issues."

But for now, the killer - or killers - are still on the loose.


About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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