Mar 20, 2014 10:45 PM
The Colusa County District Attorney’s Office will be filing charges against a Live Oak man in the suspicious death of Concepcion Johnson, 51, a Colusa postal worker.
The District Attorney’s office filed charges of gross vehicular manslaughter with an enhancement for leaving the scene to the Colusa County Superior Court against 45 year old, Joseph Paulo, Deputy District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said.
Johnson was reported missing by the local postmaster on November 12, 2013, just days after her body was found in a canal off Lurline Road, two miles west of Colusa.
She was last seen leaving Rocco’s Bar with Paulo who reportedly returned to the bar alone later that now, according to Colusa County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators say the autopsy showed Johnson drowned after her body was recovered by a sheriff' office dive team, according to the press release.
Paulo resides in Live Oak and has property in Colusa, according to the district attorney’s office.
“An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Paulo,” Beauchamp said.
On March 6th, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office submitted the investigation report to the district attorney’s office asking the prosecutors to bring criminal charges in the case.
Paulo could face up to eleven years behind bars, if convicted.