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Man caught trying to dispose of body

Feather Publishing
Updated 5/3/2011

A Yuba City man was charged with murder Saturday after a dead body was discovered in his motor home Friday night in Plumas County.

Ricky Ray Kingsley, 53, was arrested Friday, April 29, about 8:30 p.m. just off Highway 70 in a heavily wooded area at Murphy Creek near Belden.

Kingsley drew the attention of a Forest Service officer who was on routine patrol for the start of the fishing season.

According to Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Kingsley was "behaving bizarrely" before the officer discovered a freshly dug grave.

After confronting Kingsley, the officer discovered a body, which appeared to be the victim of a homicide, inside the Dodge motor home.

Sgt. Brian Baker of the Yuba City Police Department told the Yuba City Appeal-Democrat that the Forest Service officer "was merely checking the vehicle. He discovered there was a dead guy in there."

According to the Appeal-Democrat, police have reason to believe the homicide happened on the north side of Yuba City.

Kingsley was taken into custody and transported to the Plumas County Jail.

He was later transported to the Sutter County Jail, where he was booked without bail.

"It was an obvious homicide, but we're not ready to release the details," Baker told the Appeal-Democrat.

According to the booking report, Kingsley has been living in his motor home in the parking lot of the Yuba City Walmart.

The paper reported Kingsley was arrested in June 2010 by Yuba City police on a felony charge of possession of ammunition by an ex-felon.

Kingsley's address at the time of the 2010 arrest was in Magalia, in Butte County.

The victim has not been identified.

 

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