Men in Custody Suspected of Setting a Woman on Fire

Men in Custody Suspected of Setting a Woman on Fire


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Written By: Jim Emerson

ANTIOCH — Two jailed men face charges concerning the death of a woman who was set on fire. Both suspects in this ongoing investigation have been in custody since being arrested last month.

The victim 25-year-old Mykaella Sharlman of Antioch was found on October 17. Her severely burned remains were stuffed inside a trash can alongside the Mokelumne Trail, near Gentrytown Drive. Dental records were used to learn her identity.

Sharlman’s charred remains were found the same day her family reported her missing. A resident who lives near the bicycling/walking trail reported seeing a small fire at 5:36 a.m. The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) responded and found the victim on fire. ConFire notified the Antioch Police Department. Apparently, both suspects were seen fleeing from the area before first responders arrived.

Crime scene investigators and detectives from the Antioch Violent Crimes and Special Operations units took over the inquiry. Witnesses and nearby residents were interviewed.

On October 22, Antioch police arrested Ashton K. Montalvo, 31, of Bay Point, and 41-year-old D’Angelo L. Boone. Both men are being housed at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Montalvo is being held in custody in lieu of $500,000 bond, and Boone is being held in lieu of $510,000 bond. On October 26, both suspects were charged with arson and mutilation of a human body.

The investigation is ongoing concerning the circumstances of the burned victim’s death. Anyone with information can contact detective William Whitaker at 925-779-6890 or email

Men in Custody Suspected of Setting a Woman on Fire was last modified: November 9th, 2022 by admin
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Jim Emerson

Jim Emerson is a northern California writer covering crime and arrest related news in the Bay Area - focusing primarily on Alameda, Contra Costa, and Marin counties.