An arrest was made in the theft and ultimate death of an old beloved horse in a cemetery. The incident occurred in California earlier this year. The writer wrote about the incident in a story [35-year-old horse found dead in rural cemetery] but never learned the outcome of this case and what really happened to the horse. It is gratifying to learn that an arrest was made in the case.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office in California started an investigation, following the disappearance of Trumpet from his stall at High Heart Ranch at around 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Later that same day, his impaled body was found in a nearby cemetery. The Jay Hawk Cemetery is gated somehow entry was made and the horse was impaled by one of the decorative iron fence poles. The horses blanket was near his body but it had no damage, tears or broken buckles.
After their investigation, deputies determined that Trumpet died from injuries forced upon him by the abductor.
Area horse owners posted flyers and offered a $5,000 reward for the apprehension of the horse killer.
On May 16 another incident was reported about an attempted horse theft and sexual assault on a horse. In this case, investigators were fortunate to have several witnesses who could identify the man. Officials worked the case until July 3 when, while searching the suspect’s motor home in El Dorado, they seized evidence of both horse cases.
From the investigation and evidence, officials were able to the arrest Bryon Baker, a 56-year-old transient. Investigators were able to connect both cases. Baker was placed under arrest for grand theft of a horse, cruelty to animals causing suffering and death, attempted theft of a horse, and sexual assault on the second animal.
Source: Horse Talk
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