Bonanza Murder Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, October 22 2012 at 4:00 PM, Updated: Mon, October 22 2012 at 4:10 PM

A autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to find out exactly what killed two men found dead outside of Bonanza.

The bodies were found on a horse ranch just east of Bonanza.

One man is presumed to be 32 year old Everado Mendez-Ceja of Richmond, California.

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

Making a positive identification will require matching fingerprints, DNA, or dental records to the bodies.  Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger notes that could take anywhere from a couple of days, to several months...

"The fastest would be using fingerprints.  DNA might take quite a bit longer, and dental maybe even longer yet to get the records."

Family members reported Mendez-Ceja and Jauregui as 'missing' after they failed to return from a trip to Bonanza to visit a horse ranch.

"We're looking at who they might have visited, were there horses involved."  Says Sheriff Evinger.  "We understand there may have been some horses involved in the situation."

Jauregui's truck was found burned up on the 4A's ranch October 6th.

The bodies were found six miles away on Thursday the 18th.

And while they've interviewed dozens of people, police say they still aren't sure of a possible motive behind the killing.

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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