YUCAIPA – Investigators haven’t released any new information on two deaths deemed suspicious last week. There are no suspects in what has turned into a murder investigation after a man and woman were found dead inside an apartment.
Due to the suspicious nature in the discovery of two bodies discovered on Thursday, June 25, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s investigators are conducting the investigation as a murder case.
Shortly after 7 p.m., the couple was found dead in the apartment on the 12300 block of Third Street in Yucaipa. The Sheriff’s coroner identified the bodies of William Robert Martinez, 50 of Huntington Beach, and Tammy Theresa Chilton, 45 of Yucaipa. The couple were in a relationship, according to officials. Their Facebook posts confirm this.
Because authorities deemed their deaths suspicious, but with no apparent witnesses, the sheriff’s department called in the homicide investigations division. Investigators John Gaffney and Patty Ruiz said that friends of Tammy Chilton’s went to her apartment when she didn’t show up for work nor answer any telephone calls.
They said the bodies were discovered when the apartment manager and a friend of Chilton’s entered her apartment. Emergency personnel were summoned to the address, but both Martinez and Chilton were not responsive. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were ordered to determine the official cause of death.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman did not disclose the nature of the injuries found on either body, or whether or not weapons had been used; nor did she disclose if any weapons had been discovered at the scene.