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Homicide and Arson Arrest 11/17/2017
(Posted 11/17/2017)

Early this morning, Yuba County Sheriff Detectives arrested 78 year old Ronald Allen Dainauskus of Marysville for Homicide and Arson following an investigation overnight into the death of a Marysville woman. The deceased victim was located in a burned RV at a mobile home park located in the 3700 block of Highway 20 northeast of Marysville just after 8pm Thursday night 11/16/17. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending the notification of next-of-kin. The Yuba County Dispatch Center received a 911 hang-up call from the mobile home park in the 3700 block of Hwy 20 outside of Marysville at approximately 8pm and while dispatching deputies to respond, CHP dispatch also received a 911 call from the same phone number advising of a deceased female located in a motorhome at that location. Upon deputies’ arrival to the mobile home park, the RV was found on fire. Once the fire was extinguished, the body of a deceased female was located inside. It was determined during preliminary examination of the burned motorhome and the body located within it, that the female was likely deceased or gravely injured prior to the fire. The investigation further revealed that the initial 911 calls were believed to have been made by Ronald Dainauskus who was no longer at the scene. Shortly after the discovery of the fire and body, Deputies searching the area located suspect Dainauskus walking near Browns Valley. He was detained and later interviewed by detectives, then subsequently arrested for 187 PC/Homicide and 451PC/Arson and booked into the Yuba County Jail. During the investigation detectives learned that Dainauskus and the victim were neighbors in the small mobile home park where the suspect was a longtime resident. It is believed that the two were associated with one another and at this time we are not aware of any history of problems or hostility between the two. Yuba County Sheriff’s Office has no prior arrest history with Dainauskus. Official cause of death for the victim is pending autopsy at this time.

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