Detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office are currently investigating a death that has been determined to be suspicious and is suspected to be a homicide. The location of occurrence was the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive in Alderpoint.
The reporting party called the sheriff’s office at 8:50 a.m. on Thursday, June 27. The caller said that she had not heard from her stepfather for four days and drove to his residence in the 3700 block of Rancho Sequoia Drive. When she arrived she discovered her 57-year-old stepfather was deceased. Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the residence and have ruled the death to be suspicious and are investigating the death as a homicide.
Detectives were looking for a black 2000 Jeep Cherokee, CA plate 5HNG536, which they believed was being driven by Anthony Ray Lane, age 37.
The Willits Police officers had received a “be on the lookout” broadcast issued by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office for this homicide investigation. On Thursday June 27, at about 11:30 p.m., officers from the Willits Police Department located the black Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of a Willits motel.
At around 12:30 a.m. Friday June 28, officers from the Willits Police Department, with the assistance of deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s office, located Lane in one of the rooms of the motel. He was taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Humboldt County line, where deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office took over. Lane was booked into the Humboldt County jail for suspicion of murder and possession of a stolen vehicle.
At this time the motive for the crime is still being investigated. There does not appear to be a connection with this homicide and the earlier marijuana cultivation investigation and arrests that took place in the same area. The homicide does not appear to be a home invasion, marijuana related, or in association with the Garret Rodriguez missing person investigation.
The Humboldt County Coroner’s office is still in the process of notifying family members of the victim of this suspected homicide. For that reason, the name of the victim is not being released.
An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday, June 29.
The lead investigator is detective Franco, 707-268-3644 or 707-445-7251. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to telephone detective Franco at the listed numbers.
Anthony Ray Lane