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UPDATE: SLO County deputies arrest 18-year-old Fresno man in suspicious death investigation

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Posted at 7:40 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 17:43:39-05

UPDATE (Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:43 p.m.) — San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies arrested an 18-year-old Fresno man on suspicion of murder Friday evening in a suspicious death investigation in rural Arroyo Grande.

After receiving reports of a possible trespass along the 2000 block of Chamisal Lane Friday night, San Luis Obispo County sheriff's deputies found 77-year-old Jeanine Vore dead inside of her home from an apparent homicide, according to a press release from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

Officers issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) bulletin for the suspect, whom witnesses said they had seen fleeing the scene of the incident in a vehicle.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Friday, sheriff's deputies in the southern San Luis Obispo County area spotted the suspect's car driving through Arroyo Grande and conducted a high-risk traffic stop on Highway 101 northbound near the 4th Street exit in Pismo Beach, said the news release.

Authorities said they identified the suspect as 18-year-old Kayonie Eliaz Mendibles from Fresno. Mendibles was arrested on suspicion of murder and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to officers.

According to the sheriff's office, there is not believed to be any outstanding threat to the public at this time.

Investigators are asking anyone who was in the area of Chamisal Lane Friday night and who believes they saw Mendibles to call the sheriff's office.

People can also submit information anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling (805) 549-7867.


UPDATE (10:38 p.m.) - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office watch commander confirmed that a felony traffic stop of two vehicles was made in relation to the suspicious death investigation.

Around 10 p.m., two vehicles associated with a "Be On the Lookout" (BOLO) were stopped by authorities near Fair Oaks Ave. and S Halcyon Rd.

A BOLO was issued earlier in the evening for a 2008 Chevy truck and white BMW related to the incident.

According to the on-duty sheriff's watch commander, at least two people are detained, but no arrests have been made.


UPDATE (9:25 p.m.) - Shortly after 5 p.m., the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office received reports of someone possibly trespassing near the Chamisal Lane and Arabian Way in rural Arroyo Grande.

Deputies responded and checked the residence located near the reported trespass, according to authorities.

In a press release, sheriff's officials said deputies found a woman deceased inside the home.

It is now being investigated as a suspicious death.

Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area at this time as investigators look into the cause of death and circumstances surrounding it.

If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (805)781-4550.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling (805) 549-STOP (7867) or through their website:


ORIGINAL STORY (7:40 p.m.) - A suspicious death investigation is underway in rural Arroyo Grande.

Detectives and a coroner with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office were on scene along Chamisal Lane as of 7:30 p.m. Friday, but were releasing few details about the investigation.

Dispatch records show a medical emergency call to the area shortly after 5:45 p.m.

KSBY has a crew at the scene and will have updates on this developing story as they become available.