Sonora, Ca — The Tuolumne County Sheriff´s Department has made a discovery involving a possible weekend murder.
“Detectives have recovered a body suspected of being our homicide victim in the Deer Creek, where the truck went over the embankment,” says Lt. Dan Bressler. Search and Rescue Team members and detectives are on scene this afternoon.
On Saturday night, deputies responded to the area of Wards Ferry after receiving a report of a woman screaming and a person possibly being shot. Deputies arrived, found signs of a struggle, but found no victims or suspects.
On Sunday morning, deputies were told of a vehicle over the embankment in the Deer Creek area, south of the Wards Ferry Bridge. It turned out that this was a vehicle the Sheriff´s Department had been looking for in connection with the possible shooting. The vehicle was several hundred feet over the embankment in an area known as Murderer´s Gulch. Detectives searched the area, and found no one at or near the vehicle.
Late Sunday afternoon, 39 year old David Stanton was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the incident. Yesterday, his sister, Shawna Stanton was arrested for allegedly being an accessory to the crime.
The Sheriff´s Department says more information will be forthcoming.
Written by BJ Hansen