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New details in 2017 murder of Chico father

A mother claims she has new evidence in the 2017 murder of her son.

Posted: Apr 8, 2019 5:19 AM
Updated: Apr 8, 2019 8:09 AM

In March 2017, 28-year-old Joseph Strickland was found dead in the area of Chico River Road and Taffee Avenue, behind an abandoned silo. Investigators so far are sharing few details on the progress of the case.

“I miss him so much because he used to make me laugh,” cries Charmain Riggs over the loss of her son. “He always said, ‘I love you mom,’ and no matter where he was, he'd bring me a little gift.”

Butte County sheriff’s deputies confirm for the first time with Action News Now, that they have a person of interest in the case, but could not share a cause of death or what the murder weapon was.

“In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, we need to protect the information we know,” explained Sergeant Steve Collins, who manages the investigator on the case.

Charmaine Riggs tells Action News Now that she believes her son to be a good person who simply ran into the wrong crowd.

“I know the people he was associating with there,” she said, “and I'd tell him, ‘stay away, those aren't your friends.’”

Riggs adds she has recently been presented evidence which she believes points to her son’s killer. They involve screenshots of a conversation on social media. Riggs has shared that evidence with investigators.

Joseph Strickland leaves behind his parents, siblings and four of his own children.

Both Strickland's mother and investigators encourage anyone with information to get in touch with the Butte County Sheriff’s office at 530-538-7671. You can remain anonymous.

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