DAVIS – On April 14, Oliver “Chip” Northup, 87, and his wife Claudia Maupin, 76, were discovered murdered in their condominium located on the 4000 block of Cowell Boulevard in South Davis by Davis police performing a welfare check. Both victims “were stabbed multiple times,” a Yolo County Coroner’s Office spokesperson stated several days later.
On June 17, Davis police arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the crime. Assistant Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel stated that since the boy is a minor, his name cannot be released. Pytel did confirm the suspect does reside in Davis where he attends a local school.
At this point, Pytel also stated, Davis police are not pursuing investigation of any other suspects.
Davis police investigators were assisted by the FBI, California Department of Justice, Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, West Sacramento Police Department and Dixon Police Department in serving several search warrants on Monday before the arrest was made.
Neighbors confirmed that residences at 4018 Cowell Boulevard, two doors down from the Northup condominium, and at 3306 Lillard Drive, a few blocks away, were searched.
During the initial stages of the murder investigation back in April, Davis police discovered that the Northup condominium had been forcibly entered. Finally, thanks to what Pytel characterized as “good, old-fashioned police work,” detectives discovered “compelling information” that led them to the 16-year-old suspect in the case.
At this point, Pytel declined commenting on if police have found the alleged murder weapon or what the motive in the case might be. The 16-year-old suspect is currently lodged at the Yolo County Juvenile Hall.
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