Sheriff: Evidence indicates murder suspect killed son on SR-89 in Siskiyou County

The dead man found in Shankar Hangud's car was his 20-year-old son, investigators believe.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 4:54 PM
Updated: Oct 16, 2019 4:57 PM

MT. SHASTA, Calif. — More details are beginning to emerge surrounding a tragic quadruple murder case that spans two areas of Northern California separated by more than 200 miles.

According to investigators, the killings happened over the span of nearly a week — beginning on Monday, October 7. 53-year-old Shankar Hangud reportedly killed two family members that day, and another the next day. All three of those bodies were later discovered at his Roseville, California apartment.

From there, Hangud took his car and began traveling California's North State area, visiting "various locations" with another man of East Indian descent — now believed to be his 20-year-old son. On Sunday, somewhere along SR-89 in Siskiyou County, investigators say Hangud killed his son as well.

The next day Hangud appeared at the Mt. Shasta Police Department, telling a dispatcher at the front window that he had killed someone and that the body was outside in his car. Eventually he alerted police to all four murders, which is when Roseville Police got involved.

Though Hangud ended the bizarre trip in Mt. Shasta, investigators have yet to find any connection between him and the area. Instead, he showed a "continuous chain of criminal misconduct that just happened to lead to Siskiyou County," Sheriff Jon Lopey said.

On Monday, when Mt. Shasta Police discovered the body, they called in the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office — which also serves as coroner for the county. It was the same day that the agency responded to a double murder near the town of Dorris.

"Monday was a tough day for us," said Sheriff Lopey.

Sheriff Lopey said that he believes the 20-year-old son was a victim, and he hasn't seen any evidence that the young man was complicit in the previous three murders in Roseville. Investigators have yet to reveal how Hangud could have killed so many of his family members over a span of multiple days without anyone alerting authorities.

After making the grisly discovery of two children and an adult dead at Hangud's apartment in Roseville, the Roseville Police Department took over interrogation of Hangud and continued the investigation. Sheriff Lopey indicated that Hangud had been cooperating.

Investigation of the case is now being led by the Roseville Police Department and prosecuted by the Placer County District Attorney's office. Hangud was transferred to the Placer County Jail and faces multiple murder charges.

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