Police investigate murder of Oroville grandmother

NEW DETAILS: Oroville Police are calling the murder of 86-year-old Greta Putnam their top priority.

Posted: Dec 6, 2018 6:40 PM
Updated: May 3, 2019 5:30 PM

UPDATE Friday, May 3, 2019 - 

Oroville Police now have a suspect in custody for the murder of Greta Putnam. More details may be found here. 

UPDATE 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2019 - 

Action News Now has obtained new information on the murder investigation of 86-year-old grandmother Greta Putnam. Putnam was found dead on November 8th, 2018 inside her Cottonwood Estates mobile home by Oroville Police, the same day the Camp Fire began. Reporter Stephanie Lin sat down with Putnam's grandsons, Donnie Rhodes and Ron Rhodes, and Detective Raymond Stott, the investigator on the case. 

For more on what we learned, go to the full article here. 


UPDATE 7:41 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 - The family of Greta Putnam is holding a memorial service for her Saturday, Feb 9 at the Oroville Moose Lodge at 12 p.m.

No suspects have been arrested yet in this case.

Oroville police are also still looking for Putnam's 21-year-old relative, Dominic Potts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oroville Police at (530) 538-2448. 


OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville Police are on the hunt for the person who killed an 86-year-old woman in her home.

Greta Putnam was found dead in her home at the Cottonwood Estates Mobile Home Park. It happened the same day the Camp Fire broke out. Oroville Police describe the killing as brutal. There was no forced entry or items stolen. The cause of death is still under investigation. 

"The death appeared to be suspicious in nature, and based on the observation of our officers on scene and based on what we observed, it was clear a homicide occurred and an investigation began at that point," said Lt. Chris Nicodemus of Oroville Police. 

No word on a motive yet. Police are investigating several leads, including the church next to the victim's home, where homeless people have been spotted.

Police say they are also looking for Ms. Putnam's relative, 21-year-old Dominic Potts in connection to the case. He has been missing since Ms. Putnam's body was discovered. Potts' car was found abandoned a month ago near Chester. Plumas County Police are working with Oroville Police on the investigation.

The family continues to search for answers. In a written statement to Action News Now, they describe Ms. Putnam as a loving and positive person.

"You could always find her outside in her power chair watering her flowers or blowing the leaves off her front porch. She loved being outside. She lived a full extraordinary life. From modeling in her early 30s to becoming her own broker for Century 21.  She did it all. You name it, she did it."

Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Oroville Police. 

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