A 72-year-old man has been arrested in the deaths of three Sacramento-area residents whose burned and gunshot-riddled bodies were found last week in the charred remains of a vehicle in Butte County.
The Butte County Sheriff's Office reported last week that a car stolen from Sacramento was found north of the community of Magalia with three burned bodies inside.
Deputies today said that they had arrested Donald Clark of the Centerville area in Butte County on suspicion of arson and three counts of homicide in the killings.
Deputies revealed today that all three victims suffered gunshot wounds. The names of the dead have not been released pending positive identification.
No further arrests are anticipated by deputies, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's deputies and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection crews responded about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 13 to Skyway Road near Hupp-Coutelenc Road after receiving a call from an area resident who heard an explosion. They found a green 2000 Acura TL engulfed in flames.
As they extinguished the fire, CalFire personnel found human remains inside the vehicle. Butte County sheriff's detectives and CalFire arson investigators then responded.
Sheriff's Detective Ryan Gsell said the car was reported stolen last week to the Sacramento Police Department. He said two of the bodies were found in the car's trunk and one in the back seat.
Gsell said identification will have to be made based on DNA and could take weeks, he said.