A Fresno man has been arrested in connection with the discovery of a burned body near Santa Margarita early Sunday morning, according to Sheriff’s Department officials.
Twenty-year-old Cody Lane Miller is the fifth person to be arrested on suspicion of murder in a case that spans from Santa Margarita to Nipomo.
Miller was booked into County Jail at 1 p.m. Monday. Before his booking, Miller was guarded while being treated at a local hospital, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Rob Bryn said.
Miller was hospitalized because of injuries he received from other people who were at the site of the fire, Bryn said, but he did not release any further information.
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“They (the injuries) were not as a result of resisting arrest and allegedly came from an altercation at the crime scene” on Parkhill Road, Bryn said.
Four other people were arrested on suspicion of murder after fire crews responding to a brush fire at 5:22 a.m. Sunday found a body off Parkhill Road in a remote area south of Highway 58 about six miles east of Santa Margarita.
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. All are being held in County Jail without bail.
In an earlier interview, Bryn said that teams of investigators, through interviews with 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 Sunday.
Bryn declined to release any other details, such as the connection between Miller and the four other suspects and the name of the hospital where he was treated.
The Sheriff’s Department has not released the identity of the dead person; Bryn said coroner investigators assisted in an autopsy Tuesday in an attempt to determine the cause and manner of death as well as the person’s identity.
“We have a working theory on who it may be,” Bryn said.
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