Saturday, June 12, 2010
Body Parts ~ Mystery Update
Lela McDonald is in Sutter County Jail, her bail has been set at $250,000. Her arraignment is set for Monday morning. Ms. McDonald is an unemployed in-home care aide. Her charges so far are "being an accessory to a felony" and "destruction of evidence". McDonald also allegedly transported methamphetamine, possessed a controlled substance and was under its influence when she was arrested. I can't find anything stating that she has drug charges against her yet, but who knows, that could be coming in the not too distant future.
Michael Gold, as far as I can tell, is still in the Josephine County Jail in Oregon. The article in the local paper doesn't say when he'll be brought back to Sutter County. Extradition is "pending", according to one of the articles I read this morning.
According to an affidavit acquired by News 10, the investigators believe that a reciprocating saw was used to dismember Elmer McDonald's body in the mobile home that he and Lela McDonald shared in West Sacramento. Back when all the body parts kept turning up down near Beer Can Beach, the deputies who searched the area also found a number of rusty reciprocating saw blades and a four-inch folding knife. The torso that was discovered separately down-river in Sacramento County on February 26th had eight stab wounds.
Today's articles are saying now that when Michael Gold was stopped for that broken license plate light back in November the deputy noted that Gold was soaking wet and that one of his hands was bloody. It is also noted that the deputy stopped Gold just before midnight on November 15th. Today's information also says that Gold had no fishing gear in his pick-up truck, so the story of looking for a fishing spot didn't add up. The presence of the black plastic bags and the rope is still there in the stories...
The News 10 article states that the investigators are seeking witnesses who might help directly link the pair to McDonald's death. So if any of my readers are in Sacramento and can give any help to the investigators, please give the Sutter County Sheriff's office a call at 530-822-7307 or leave a tip at www.suttersheriff.org.
Appeal Democrat: Woman to be arraigned in Beer Can Beach body parts case
News 10: Cops believe West Sacramento man was butchered in his mobile home