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Suspect arrested in double homicide investigation in Eureka
EUREKA- A double homicide investigation in Eureka is underway, and a suspect has been arrested in connection to the murder that left two Eureka men dead.
Officials with the Eureka Police Department have released the names of the two victims of the homicide One of the victims is 25-year-old Lance Delbert Henry, and the other is 60-year-old Richard Charles Storre. Storre owned and operated Freshwater Farms.
Twenty-eight year old Vincent Earnest Sanchez was detained at the scene of a double homicide on Harris Street in Eureka Wednesday night by the EPD.
"We located him at the scene and there was some evidence at the scene that indicated that he at least knew of the homicide and then developed leads from there that lead us further down the road to believe he actually is the suspect in this murder. And then we interviewed him and obtained a confession," said the Chief Andrew Mills of the Eureka Police Department.
The Humboldt County Coroner confirms Sanchez is the half-brother of one of the victims, 25-year-old Lance Delbert Henry.
"They've known each other for a long time, so this wasn't a stranger on stranger kind of deal," Chief Mills said.
EPD officials confirm they responded to the 2100 block of Harris Street on Wednesday at about 6 p.m. after a friend of Richard Charles Storre went to check on him and found him severely injured inside the home. Police responded to the report and found Storre and Henry dead inside the home.
"It's pretty apparent to us that it looks like a gunshot wound," said Chief Mills.
According to police, the two victims and the suspect had been living together. A neighbor who did not want to go on camera told News Channel 3 that he had not heard any gun shots in the home, and that he would often see Richard Storre walking his dog outside. However, this week, he last saw Storre walking his dog on Sunday. Police say the murders could have taken place as early as Monday afternoon. Authorities also say that they believe the murders were a thought out process.
"I don't want to say premeditated at this point, but this was not a random act of violence," Chief Mills said.
A motive is still under investigation, and Vincent Earnest Sanchez has been charged with two counts of homicide and is currently booked in the Humboldt County Jail. There are no other suspects at this time.
An autopsy for both victims has been scheduled for this Saturday, and a cause of death for the victims could be released as early as next week.