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* Kenneth Wilkinson Arrested for Alleged Murder of Grandfather Richard Mel Wilkinson in Willits

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Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Press Release 3/17/12

On 3-17-2012 at approximately 2302 the Mendocino County Sheriffs Dispatch Center received information that an unknown type of assault had taken place in or near the listed location on East Hill Road in Willits,CA.

Mendocino County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the location and learned some type of physical assault had taken place at the location between the Suspect Kenneth Wilkinson (who was care-taking for the victim) and his grandfather Richard Mel Wilkinson.

Deputies learned from family members that the Richard Wilkinson was missing from the location and they could not find him.

Deputies then started looking for the Richard Wilkinson and eventually located him deceased, downhill, off the side of Mariposa Creek Road.

Mendocino County Sheriffs Detectives, with the assistance of District Attorney Inspectors, are continuing the investigation into the death of Victim Wilkinson.

Suspect Kenneth Wilkinson was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail for a charge of 187PC.  His bail is currently set at $500,000.

A forensic autopsy will be conducted sometime in the coming days.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Mendocino County Sheriffs Office at 707-463.

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