Santa Cruz County sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in their investigation into the homicide of 32-year-old Eric Garcia, whose body was found in the Santa Cruz Mountains last year.
A hiker came across the body on October 13, 2012 and the subsequent autopsy ruled the death a homicide. Authorities are not releasing information about the cause of death, location of the crime, or possible weapons used, as it could impede the investigation.
Garcia, a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, was reported missing to the San Jose Police Department last September. His motorcycle had also disappeared. Preliminary investigation revealed that Garcia was last seen alive on September 19, 2012 at the Park Lane Lounge in San Jose. He had been in the company of members of the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club, officials say.
Investigators are hoping there might be witnesses who saw Garcia at the lounge with the other men and may be able to provide important information relevant to the investigation.
Garcia, also known as “Peeka,” was a Hispanic man, 5’9” and 350 pounds. He had tattoos on both forearms and his upper chest and was believed to have been wearing blue jeans, a white shirt, and a black leather jacket when he was last seen.
No arrests have been made and police have released a photo of Garcia in the hopes that someone will recognize him and come forward with information. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office at (831) 454-2311 or the anonymous tip line at (831) 454-2847.