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On Saturday June 22, 2013 an autopsy was performed on the victim of this suspected homicide. At the conclusion of the autopsy the cause of death was determined to be as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen of the victim. The identity of the victim has been determined to be Forrest Croft Lovejoy (07-02-1979), resident of McKinleyville, California. The suspect, Michael Raymond Youravish, remains in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, who had an arraignment on Friday June 21, 2013 for the charge of Homicide.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On Wednesday June 19, 2013 at about 1:30 PM, information was provided to detectives of a possible homicide victim, with the body still in a wooded area north of C Avenue, McKinleyville. This area is commonly referred to as the “Baldy Area.” Witnesses provided information to detectives that led them to a deceased thirty three (33) year old male, whose body was found adjacent to a foot trail at 3:00 PM. Based on statements from witnesses and the condition of the deceased male, the death is being investigated as a homicide.
Based on evidence obtained and witness statements, detectives arrested Michael Raymond Youravish (02-03-1992) on June 19, 2013 around 5:00 PM. Youravish was arrested from a residence in the 1400 block of Highland Avenue, Eureka and was taken into custody without incident. Youravish is a resident of the McKinleyville and Eureka areas and was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on suspicion of P.C. 187, Murder.
Detective Todd Fulton is requesting that any additional witnesses with information about Michael Youravish or information about this investigation to telephone him at 707-268-3646.
The identity of the victim is not being released until a positive identification can be made and family members are notified. The cause of death is not being released at this time.