An on-going manhunt is currently focused on Kelso Valley after the body of David Louis Markieitz, age 64, was discovered by family just before midnight on Thursday.
Officers believe the murder may be connected to an incident earlier in the week when three young men went to a cabin owned by one of them and discovered a man who had been living there without permission. The man held them hostage at gunpoint for 90 minutes before he departed on the ATV which the men had arrived on.
An intensive search in the area immediately around Jawbone Canyon lead to a closure of local businesses and access to the popular OHV open areas.
On Saturday evening, searching a remote ranch near Jawbone Canyon Rd. and Kelso Valley Road, officers came under fire. One officer involved had to be airlifted to Antelope Valley hospital for treatment, another was grazed by a bullet.
The suspect being sought is described as a white male, 30-35 years old, 5-foot-8, 160 pounds with long brown hair, blue eyes, dirty in appearance wearing an olive colored t-shirt, olive colored pants, a brown corduroy hat, and a green bandana.
The killer is considered heavily armed and dangerous. Anyone with information was asked call asked to call the Sheriff’s Office immediately -- 9-1-1 in an emergency, or 661-861-3110 or 1-800-861-3110.
Jawbone Canyon Open area and Dove Springs are open at the moment. It is STRONGLY recommended that no one travel into the Kelso Vally-side of the mountains. Please heed ALL emergency service directions.
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