Murder Investigation Continues In Yreka

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YREKA, Calif. — There are no shelters, no steady food donations, but still a large homeless population in Yreka. Homeless man Joseph Westergard said things have changed.

“There are no resources here anymore, they’re pretty much cutting everything out,” said Westergard.

No homeless could be seen camped along Yreka Creek Tuesday afternoon after Yreka Police swept the area after a third body in eight months turned up. Police received the results of the third body Tuesday and are now ruling out foul play.

“We had an officer attend that pathology, the coroner’s pathology investigation and the pathologist informed us that the death is of natural causes,” said Yreka Police Chief Brian Bowles.

Two of the bodies have been identified. The body found in November was Christopher Schafer and the body found July 9th has been identified as 62 year-old Henry Cooper. Police said despite their locations none of the deaths appear to be connected.

“These cases, the two homicides in Yreka, at this point in time, are not linked, at all to each other,” said Chief Bowles.

The two homicides are active investigations and police are working with other agencies to make sure the murders aren’t tied to any other crimes.

“We are interviewing people and using the polygraph examinations, we’ve done quite a few of those. like i said, these are active investigations so time is of the essence,” said Bowles.

Westergard said he doesn’t know what’s been going on and is more cautious now.

“There’s a lot of accusations and a lot of rumors, I don’t know what to think,” said Westergard.