Police: Murdered children were not killed in Shasta County

Dec 16, 2015 7:22 PM by News Staff

The Redding Police Department says autopsy results show the two children found dead inside a Redding storage unit were not killed in Shasta County.

Police say the Salinas Police Department and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office will be the lead agencies on the case moving forward. They are holding a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Salinas City Hall.

On Friday, Plumas County sheriff’s deputies were called to check on the well-being of a 9-year-old girl in Quincy.

Investigators found the girl suffering from neglect and abuse, and eventually found two small children, a 3-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy, dead in a storage unit in Redding.

Tami Huntsman, 39, and 17-year-old Gonzalo Curiel were arrested on abuse allegations related to the 9-year-old. They appeared in court in Plumas County Tuesday, but both cases were continued until January 7. They have not been charged in the deaths.

Redding police say 3-year-old Delylah Tara and 6-year-old Shaun Tara were reported missing out of Salinas roughly two weeks ago, and were in the custody of Huntsman.

Huntsman and Curiel had recently moved from Salinas to Quincy, and investigators in Monterey County have spent a significant amount of time combing through an apartment formerly occupied by Huntsman.

The pair traveled to several Northern California cities between Nov. 27 and Dec. 11 and stayed at a Dunnigan motel Nov. 28, Redding police said.

Huntsman is believed to be related to Wayne Allen Huntsman, who was indicted in December 2014 for allegedly starting the devastating "King Fire" near Pollock Pines. The fire burned nearly 100,000 acres, 12 homes and 68 other structures in the fall of 2014.


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