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Montague man charged in friend's murder

YREKA, Calif. — A Montague man was arrested on a murder charge Monday in the killing of a male friend whose body was found Saturday along a remote road east of Highway 97 in Siskiyou County, authorities said.

David William Dingle was being held Monday at the Siskiyou County Jail in connection with the death of a 46-year-old man whose name remains withheld pending notification of family members, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.

The dead man, who suffered what sheriff's deputies called stab wounds and blunt-force trauma, was found by a hunter about noon Saturday in brush off Military Pass Road about 1.5 miles east of Highway 97.

Sheriff's investigators declined to say what led them to Dingle, who lives in the Mount Shasta Vista subdivision off Country Road 812, which connects Highway 97 with Interstate 5.

"They were supposedly friends, but there is no motive as yet," sheriff's spokeswoman Susan Gravenkamp said.

No murder weapon had been found by Monday evening, she said. Detectives continued to focus their searches at Dingle's house and a small parcel within the subdivision, she added.

Gravenkamp also said there was no confession from Dingle.

The victim was last known to be living with friends in Yreka, Gravenkamp said. He was not reported missing before his body was found, she said.

Investigators were trying to contact the victim's son, and the victim's name will be withheld until he is notified, Gravenkamp said.

During the investigation, sheriff's deputies went to Dingle's house at 2:30 a.m. Monday, she said. Dingle, who is a convicted felon, had ammunition inside the house in violation of his probation, so he was arrested, Gravenkamp said. Dingle's criminal record was unavailable Monday.

Dingle initially was held at the Siskiyou County Jail on a charge of unlawful possession of ammunition, which carried a $20,000 bail, Gravenkamp said. Police at 11 a.m. Monday added the murder charge, which carries no bail, she said.

Dingle was scheduled to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Siskiyou County Superior Court, Gravenkamp said.

Detectives also were attempting to arrange an autopsy this week with Dr. James Olson of Grants Pass, Gravenkamp said. The victim's body remained held at a Yreka funeral home, she said.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.