Mariposa & Yosemite

Mariposa County pair supected in 60-year-old man's death

MARIPOSA -- Mariposa County Sheriff's Department investigators say they are investigating the death of a 60-year-old Greeley Hill man as a homicide, following the arrest of two men in Alameda County.

The man, Lonny Ritter, was found dead on Dec. 17 at his Greeley Hill home by a California Highway Patrol officer, who was acting on a tip from Alameda County sheriff's investigators.

The CHP officer went to Ritter's home after Alameda County sheriff's investigators found two men driving a truck registered to the victim. Those men, 19-year-old Christopher McCurdy and 21-year-old Kevin Hoke, were spotted by Alameda County sheriff's deputies after the truck had become stuck in the mud.

Both suspects are also residents of Greeley Hill, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department.

The Contra Costa Times reported that Alameda County sheriff's investigators saw the men near Livermore, sleeping in the front seat of the truck, a Ford Ranger, with a gun on the truck's floorboard.

Alameda County sheriff's investigators asked the CHP to track down the owner of the vehicle after the men's stories didn't add up, the Contra Costa Times reported. Ritter was later found dead from a gunshot wound.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of murder.

-- Victor A. Patton

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