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Human remains found at Nipomo golf course, 2 people arrested

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Sep 22, 2020

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office says investigators recovered human remains from a lake at a Nipomo golf course and two people are now facing charges in connection to a murder.

The remains were reportedly pulled from a lake at Blacklake Golf Resort on Monday.

Early Tuesday morning, the sheriff's office says detectives served a warrant in the 2200 block of Professional Parkway in Santa Maria and arrested the two suspects.

Kimberly Machleit, 35, was arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy. Donald Anderson, 37, was arrested on being an accessory to murder.

Sheriff's officials say the crime happened in December 2018. Detectives believe the victim was killed and dismembered in Santa Maria before the remains were dropped in the lake.

Investigators say the victim and the suspects knew each other and the killing was not a random act.

They are not releasing the victim's name at this time as the Coroner's Bureau is working on a positive identification.

In August, Machleit and Anderson were arrested along with a third person on drug and weapons-related charges. At the time, sheriff's officials said investigators found methamphetamine, heroin, and several guns after serving a search warrant at the same location on Professional Parkway. All three were released on $35,000 bail.

Machleit is currently being held at Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $2 million. Anderson's bail was set at $1 million.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the murder case to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line at (805) 681-4171 or leave an anonymous tip at sbsheriff.org.