Walter Ernest Vallivero, 54, was found by deputies responding to a report of a “suspicious death” Monday morning at a home in the 600 block of Rancho Oaks Drive, in rural San Luis Obispo County west of the Country Club.
Deputies arrested Charles Chad Giese, 40, who they say was Vallivero’s roommate, after an interview with him Monday morning. He was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of murder.
On Tuesday, the rural neighborhood of manufactured homes about two miles west of Broad Street was quiet and without a trace of police investigators as neighbors went about their business. One neighbor said the home where Vallivero was found was toward the back of the neighborhood, out of sight from Rancho Oaks Drive and on private property.
The Sheriff’s Office has released very few details about a possible motive but said in a news release that Giese and Vallivero got into an argument that “escalated” sometime Sunday.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Giese remained in custody at County Jail without bail.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office had not filed any charges as of Tuesday evening.