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What was being called a suspicious death investigation is now being called a murder. The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Kelley Coan of Caspar in connection with the Tuesday morning shooting death of Jamie Shipman at a property on Caspar Little Lake Road. Detectives say Coan lives on the property along with Shipman and Shipman’s husband and had been in a dispute with them related to the property. An arrest warrant has been issued for Coan for murder. Shipman’s car is also missing and detectives want to find that too. It is a 2009 Chevrolet HHR, wrapped with the logo of the business American Repair Company. It has California license plate #6JWT270.

If Memorial Day Weekend has you checking out the Mendocino National Forest, officials remind you there are still some closures due to winter storm damage repair as well as some snow still in the High Country. You can find road closure information on the forest service website but here are some reminders: if you are heading from Covelo to Willows, State Route 162 (turning into Forest Highway 7) is not passable yet. Also, be alert to logging activity on the M4 Road. And there may be some unknown and therefore unmarked problems like downed trees and rock slides. They say it’s not all bad news though: the M10 Road is open so the Letts Lake and Mill Valley campgrounds are open. And while some campgrounds are still unavailable, dispersed camping is allowed in areas you can get to by car within the rules.


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