Sheriff’s Department investigators continued their work Monday at two crime scenes located at opposite ends of San Luis Obispo County, following the discovery early Sunday of a charred body near Santa Margarita.
Department spokesman Rob Bryn said investigators were continuing to examine the area in which the body was found shortly after 5 a.m., as well as a residence in Nipomo where three arrests were made.
The discovery of the body near Santa Margarita “does not necessarily mean that’s where the homicide took place,” Bryn said.
The name of the deceased person was not made public, as additional forensic testing was needed, Bryn said.
Disclosure of the person’s identity depends on the availability of dental records and on whether DNA matches a sample from a person believed to be next of kin, he said.
Meanwhile, three Nipomo residents and one Santa Maria man remained in County Jail on Monday. All were arrested Sunday and are being held without bail on suspicion of murder.
They are Jason Adam Greenwell, 20, Frank Jacob York, 19, and Rhonda Maye Wisto, 47, all of Nipomo; and Ty Michael Hill, 28, of Santa Maria.
The investigation started early Sunday after firefighters, responding to a brush fire, found a body off Parkhill Road in a remote area south of Highway 58 and about six miles east of Santa Margarita.
Bryn said that teams of investigators, through interviews of potential witnesses and suspects, were able to trace a vehicle seen leaving the area to a home in the South County, where three of the four arrests were made.
He declined to say whether the death was drug- or gang-related.
Two of the Nipomo residents arrested Sunday have a history of arrests in San Luis Obispo County, for several felonies as well as misdemeanors.
York pleaded no contest in June to a felony charge of possession of a narcotic but did not show up to a sentencing hearing, and a bench warrant was issued Wednesday, according to court records and officials with the county District Attorney’s Office.
In May 2009, he pleaded no contest to a felony grand theft charge.
Greenwell pleaded no contest in December to a felony stolen property charge stemming from an October incident.
He was sentenced to three years formal probation and 90 days in County Jail, records show. He violated probation and was sentenced to additional jail time.
York and Greenwell attended Nipomo High School but did not graduate from there.
York attended Lopez High School from about 2007 to 2009 but left in 2009 without graduating, Principal Christine Granados said.