CALIFORNIA VALLEY, Calif. - UPDATE - Feb. 7, 2018
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department says the California Valley father and son whose bodies were discovered inside their home, died from gunshot wounds as a result of a murder-suicide.
The cause of death for 70-year-old Edward Chavez Mendoza is listed as a single perforating gunshot wound to the chest as a result of a homicide.
The cause of death for 37-year-old Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr. is listed as a single perforating gunshot wound to the head as a result of suicide.
The bodies of both men were discovered on Jan. 29 in the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail after authorities received a report of a possible deceased person inside a single-family home.
UPDATE - Jan. 30, 2018
The two bodies discovered by authorities Monday morning in a California Valley home belong to 70-year-old Edward Chavez Mendoza and his son, 37-year-old Edmundo Eduardo Mendoza Jr., said the SLO County Sheriff's Office.
Both men were found dead from gunshot wounds by Sheriff's deputies and wardens with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at 11:17 a.m. in the 12000 block of Arrow Bear Trail.
The SLO County Sheriff's Office released the following statement:
At this point in the investigation, there does not appear to be any outstanding suspects or threat to the community.
This was the ninth response by the Sheriff's Office to this residence since 2012. Of these responses, four calls involved a subject with mental illness causing a disturbance. Three of these calls resulted in a subject at the house being taken into protective custody for a mental health evaluation.
At one time, this residence was one of the larger growers of cannabis in California Valley with approximately 500 plants. The owners had recently been scaling back their cultivation of cannabis due to the County Cannabis Ordinance that took effect on 1/1/18.
The search of the residence on 01/29/18 by Sheriff's Detectives during this investigation resulted in the seizure of 4 handguns, 2 shotguns and body armor.
One of the handguns recovered was reported stolen from the San Bernardino area.
The autopsies of Mendoza and Mendoza Jr. are scheduled for 1/31/18. This investigation is continuing.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is investigating two suspicious death at a California Valley home Monday morning.
California Valley is in an unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County, east of Santa Margarita.
Authorities said they received a report of a possible deceased person inside a single-family home on Jan. 29 at about 11:17 a.m.
Two bodies were discovered inside the home by Sheriff's deputies and assisting wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
It's unclear how the individuals died. Their identity will not be released until their family has been notified.
While the investigation is ongoing, authorities say they don't believe there is any danger to the public at this time.