Investigators in Klamath County are now saying that a drug deal gone bad may have sparked a recent double homicide near Bonanza.
The bodies of 32 year old Everardo Mendez-Ceja and 38 year old Ricardo Jauregui were found on a horse ranch just outside of Bonanza on October 18th.
Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster says that investigators now believe that the men were shot over a drug deal...
"Our investigation has revealed, that I don't believe that horses were actually involved in this case - it was drug related, it appears to have been drug related."
A burned-out truck belonging to Jauregui was found on October 6th, about six miles from where the bodies were eventually located.
Mendez-Ceja was reported as 'missing' by his family on October 11th. A poster seeking their whereabouts was displayed in the Bonanza area. Forster notes that police still haven't found a 'Joaquin Lopez' named on that poster...
"The gentleman that they came to see that day, supposedly about a horse - and we have been unable to locate him, and talk to him about this."
Forster adds that Joaquin Lopez is regarded as a person of interest. "If anybody has any information, I would encourage them to contact the Sheriff's Department. We have come to a dead end on leads, and being able to locate any suspects in this case."
...And even a small piece of information could provide a big break in the case.
The bodies were not immediately identified due to their state of decomposition. Positive identifications were not made on Jauregui and Mendez-Ceja until late October.