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Hat may lead to murder suspects


Have you seen someone wearing a hat like this recently? The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office believes this hat may provide a clue into the June 23 death of Janesville veterinarian Richard Meinert. The hat is a black, flat bill type with red and black lettering, a red back strap and a sticker on the bill. If you have any information, call the sheriff’s office at 257-6121.


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Friday, June 27 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office seeks the community’s assistance with the investigation into the death of veterinarian Richard Meinert — and the hat pictured above may provide a clue.

Investigators continue to pursue Meinert’s June 23 death at the Thompson Peak Veterinary Clinic in Janesville as a possible homicide, and they seek information from the public to help identify people who may be involved.

According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, “We have reason to believe the person or people involved in this death were wearing a unique style hat in the commission of the crime.” The hat is pictured above.

The sheriff’s office reminds residents to many of these hats have been sold in and out of our area.Mere possession of this type of hat does not automatically make anyone a suspect. However, the sheriff’s office is interested in hearing from residents who have seen people wearing this type of hat in the recent past. The hat is a black, flat bill type with red/black lettering, a red back strap and has a sticker on the bill.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 257-6121.


0 #15 lee 2014-07-04 18:23
WORD HAS IT... The police have already took finger prints and dna samples from 3 suspects who have been seen wearing THIS STYLE hat.

FYI..The sticker on the bill and flat brim are popular with the teen and 20 something crowd. I worked at a high school homework club and many of the young men wore their hats this way.
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+4 #14 salted_cod 2014-07-01 15:31
No doubt about it, whoever wore this hat was a real piece of ****, hence the flat bill and the LABEL ON THE BILL. Just stupid!!!!
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+15 #13 Bob Rand 2014-06-30 04:11
Rich Meinert was a great guy. I hope that justice will be done.
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-9 #12 dixie 2014-06-30 00:43
Your comments are amusing. Yes this is prob. Drug related so that should be looked into. 'College students' shouldnt be looked into as most of the people who grew up in that town are more likely to do something like this. They have larger records then people attending that college. Look into your local meth heads for the answer.
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-4 #11 lee 2014-06-29 20:12
[quote name="Judge Dread"]These commentators watch too many TV crime shows, reality is NOTHING like television!
DNA testing is EXPENSIVE and takes weeks, if not months to process.
stop dumbing down and read rather than sit passively in front of a box!
What was stolen from the office, drugs like horse tranquilizers (PCP)?
No local is dumb enough to have committed this crime, must have been transients?[/quot

REALLY?? NO ONE IS susamville is dumb enpugj.I beg to differ there are plenty of dumb people in Susanville. JUST GO.ON FACEBOOK you will find plenty..and some of them even wearing hats that match the one in the photo.
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+2 #10 lee 2014-06-29 20:06
They can only reference if the suspect is in the DNA registry already. No prior not in registry.

Everybody should check social media Facebook ,Instagram , Face Time and Snap Chat to see if you can find someone wearing a hat like this.
I ALREADY FOUND THREE matches which I have forwarded to Susanville Police Dept
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+13 #9 C.H.Q. 2014-06-29 04:01
We need to get this case settled by local Lassen County frontier justice, roadblocks on all roads leading out of town and vehicle searches for veterinary narcotics! Maybe they got their Propofol mixed up with their Ketamine!!
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+10 #8 robert 2014-06-28 23:11
I am just floored hearing about people getting murdered bodies being found missing people found dead etc. recently started to read news on line ! crazy stuff! :o
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-7 #7 David Parks 2014-06-28 23:06
I dont think your comment was stupid Judge Dread. Law Enforcement should check out missing medication. They should also check out customers that were in debt to Richard.and also criminals who lived near Thompson Peak Veterinary Clinic with robbery and burglary convictions. This may also sound crazy ! But Law Enforcement should look at students who attend Lassen Community College. The reason ? They may have come to Susanville with a criminal past.
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-3 #6 lee 2014-06-28 22:08
All the police need to do.is go on Facebook and see who posted pictures of themselves wearing a hat like this . EVERYONE SHOULD CHECK OUT FACEBOOK TO NARROW IT DOWN.
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