News Story


West County - Body of Homicide Victim Found in Riverbed
8/21/2012 4:38:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Missing Person's Body Found and Investigated as a Homicide


Report Number:




Ventura Riverbed, north of Highway 101


Date & Time:

August 9, 2012 @ 5:30 p.m.


Unit Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes / Homicide Unit


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



(V) Bohannon,  Jerry Dean






Jerry Bohannon was reported missing by Sheriff's detectives in February 2012. There were few leads to work with during the initial missing person report.  During the subsequent 7-month investigation, detectives from the Ventura Police Department assisted Sheriff's detectives interviewing numerous people living in and working around the Ventura River area.  On August 9, Bohannon's body was found in the riverbed during a search.  Based on their investigation, detectives believed it was likely Bohannon met with foul play.


The search of the Ventura River area was conducted utilizing Sheriff's Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue cadaver dogs, Homicide detectives, and Sheriff's patrol deputies.  Bohannon's body was located in a shallow grave by Search and Rescue team members.  The body was exhumed with the assistance of Forensic Scientists from the Ventura County Sheriff's Crime Lab.  Ventura County Medical Examiners also responded and determined, after an autopsy, that Bohannon was the victim of a homicide. 


Sheriff's Homicide is continuing the investigation.  Anyone with information about this homicide is urged to call Sergeant Joe Evans at (805) 384-4721.


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).




Deputy Preparing Media Release:





Sergeant Joe Evans


Media Release Date:


August 21, 2012


Follow-Up Contact:


Captain Don Aguilar (805) 797-7349


Approved by:


Captain Chris Dunn