Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Fri, October 19 2012 at 5:14 PM, Updated: Fri, October 19 2012 at 5:25 PM
Two men are found dead, and detectives have been combing a ranch near Bonanza today for clues...
Police are looking for possible links between a missing man, a burned-out truck, and a horse ranch.
Klamath County Sheriff Tim Evinger says the bodies were found in a remote wooded area Thursday afternoon...
"We found two bodies, that are both male. We do not have an identity, or a cause of death at this time."
The bodies of the two men were found down Lionsgate road off of McCartie Lane on the Lion Heart Ranch, just east of Bonanza.
Sheriff Evinger says police initially weren't investigating a homicide...
"What led up to this is we were working on an arson case, in which a pickup truck was burned out severely - about six miles from the location where the bodies were found."
Evinger notes that the pickup truck is registered to Ricardo Jauregui of Oakley, California.
"We were also working on a missing person case that came in about a week after the arson case began."
That missing person is Everado Mendez-Ceja, of Richmond, California. Relatives say he was headed to Bonanza to buy a horse, hay, or both.
Police are keeping media away from the exact location where the bodies were found. Klamath County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster has been working with the investigators...
"There's a little cabin-type building there, and it doesn't look like anybody's resided there for quite some time."
Sheriff Evinger adds that no suspects are in custody at this time. "We have persons of interest that we're looking at, and we are conducting many, many interviews."
State Police arrived this morning to process the crime scene.
The bodies were removed early this afternoon.
Police aren't saying just how long the bodies may have been left in the woods.
It's expected to take some time before a positive identification can be made.
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.