At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2013, three teenagers from Hamilton City went swimming in Stony Creek west of the community and west of intersection of County Roads VV and 16, in what has commonly been referred to as the Mill’s Orchard area. There they discovered a human body decomposing in shallow water on the north side of the creek. Sheriff’s Deputies later confirmed the find. The area was sealed off and an investigation commenced. Working through the weekend, Detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit positively identified the remains as those of 37-year-old Michael Castillo Perea, age 37 of Willows. Perea was also well known to Hamilton City residents.
On April 18, 2013, a forensic examination and autopsy was conducted. These procedures were also attended by Glenn County Detectives. As a result of those proceedings, Perea’s death has been classified as a homicide. The final cause of death is pending toxicology testing results. The investigation has been on-going, and it has yet to be determined if Perea was killed at the location he was found or if he was killed at another location and his body dumped in Stony Creek. No motive has yet to be established.
In order to give investigators the best possible ability to bring the person or persons responsible for Perea’s death to justice, no further information is being released at this time. The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with any information regarding this case to contact Sheriff’s Detective Greg Felton at 934-6431 or 934-6720.