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Women Found Dead on Arbuckle Property Identified, Suspect Appears in Court

ARBUCKLE -- The Colusa County Sheriff's Office says a woman's body was found in a freezer in an Arbuckle home early Thursday.

Martin Ehrke (Courtesy: Colusa County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies responded to the home on Hillgate Road shortly before 4 a.m. Investigators say they looked inside a chest freezer in a bedroom.

The woman found in the freezer was later identified by the sheriff's office as 39-year-old Kimberly Lynn Taylor.

A second woman's body was found in a pond on the same property. She was identified as 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Mazak.

A suspect has been taken into custody in connection to the homicide investigation. He has been identified as Martin Ehrke, 49, of Arbuckle and is facing two counts of murder.

The nature of Taylor's or Mazak's relationship to Ehrke was not immediately known, but law enforcement did say that Ehrke and the two women lived on Ehrke's mother's property where they were found.

“They were currently known to be staying here. On and off," said Lt. Mark Contreras with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office.

News of the two bodies discovered on the property has spread in Arbuckle.

“Everybody here knows everybody, it’s close knit," said nearby resident Val Fisher. "It’s terrible what happened. People are in shock, can’t believe it.”

It did not take long to find someone who knew Ehrke. John Garcia said he hadn't spoken to Ehrke in years, but the two knew one another when they were kids and went to school together.

“I heard about it and when the name came up it didn’t really ring a bell," he said. "But then I started thinking, 'That can’t be Marty Ehrke,' and yeah, it was him.”

Garcia said it was a shock to so many who went to Arbuckle High School with Ehrke.

“You think you know somebody, and you don’t,” Garcia said.

FOX40 reached out to both families of the victims. Each asked for privacy at this time.

Ehrke appeared in Colusa County Superior Court on Friday for his arraignment. He will return Feb. 7 to enter a plea.