Second District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell said she took this picture of a burning SUV near the Ettersburg Junction on Tuesday evening. Fennell said she called 911 to report a fire and only learned later through the sheriff’s office that two bodies were inside the car at the time. – Estelle Fennell — Contributed
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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 24-year-old Chico man on suspicion of double homicide Monday, nearly a week after two bodies were found in a burning SUV near the Ettersburg Junction on Aug. 14.

Ulisses Rodriguez was detained by the Chico Police Department on Monday just before 7:30 a.m. Monday during a traffic stop at the intersection of Esplanade and East Eaton roads in Chico, according to the sheriff’s office and Chico Police.

After questioning by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office investigators, Rodriguez was arrested in the Butte County jail on suspicion of two counts of homicide, criminal threats and exhibiting a firearm.

Chico Police Department Commander Ted McKinnon said Rodriguez did not resist arrest after officers pulled him over. McKinnon said they also served a search warrant at a residence on the 3500 block of Esplanade Road to obtain evidence.

McKinnon said they have been coordinating with the sheriff’s office for the investigation since last week.

“I know that we got a phone call from them last night,” McKinnon told the Times-Standard. “… The Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy and investigator that came here this morning had already secured an arrest warrant for a suspect they had.”

Humboldt County SWAT and sheriff’s office investigators simultaneously served a search warrant at a property on China Creek Road near Redway on Monday morning, according to sheriff’s office public information specialist Samantha Karges.

The two victims’s bodies were discovered in a burning SUV on Briceland Road near Ettersburg Road on the evening of Aug. 14.

Karges said the victims are a 31-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man, but said they will be waiting to release further details until they have verified identification through DNA analysis.

“At this time, just to protect the integrity of the investigation, we’re not releasing the cause of death,” Karges said.

Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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