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Sheriff expresses appreciation for public’s assistance regarding Meinert case

Tuesday, July 8 — Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon expressed his appreciation for all the information the public has provided regarding the investigation into the death of veterinarian Richard Meinert.

“We’ve gotten a great deal of information and the main thing is I want them to know is, please keep it coming. If you know anything call us because we’re following up on everything. It’s too bad in some ways, obviously, that we can’t report back to the people on what we’re doing, but we have to look out for the integrity of the investigation first and foremost,” Growdon said. “Ultimately between that and the forensic analysis and everything else, hopefully we can determine what truly happened there and what the facts are.”

Growdon gave a brief update during today’s Tuesday, July 8 meeting of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors, although he said there wasn’t really any new information he could provide.

Meinert was found dead in his office off of Main Street Janesville on June 23, and his death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Growdon said,“We believe he may have interrupted a burglary at his place of business. It appears there may have been a struggle subsequent to that, which ultimately resulted in injuries that caused his death. That’s what I believe based on what we’ve seen, but obviously we’re looking at all angles as we conduct the investigation.”

He also recognized the other agencies that have assisted with the investigation.

The vet’s office had to be secured for four to five days, which according to Growdon, can tax a small department when it conducts an investigation, but the California Department of Corrections provided assistance.

Officers from the California Highway Patrol also helped with the field investigation and the Department of Justice processed the scene and is doing the forensic analysis on the evidence recovered at the scene. 


+3 #4 David Parks 2014-07-11 03:59
What Sheriff Dean Growdon expressed to all of us is that he appreciates the folks of Lassen County and that speaks volume. When some Thug or Thugs hurt our citizens, We should all work together and keep our eye's open to our surroundings and help Law Enforcement. Dont ever feel bad about turning in a Thug. Richard was a great person who deserved to live out his life to enjoy his rewards for being there for us and our pets.
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+5 #3 rhonda 2014-07-10 17:10
I've been gone from Lassen County for years but I am always shocked when CRIME happens there-I have FAITH n your local law enforcement-Kil ler will be caught-keep calling in any tips so JUSTICE can be served
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+8 #2 Cindy Campbell-Eason 2014-07-09 12:43
Thank you Sheriff Growdon for your quick response regarding this investigation. as many in the community are saddened by the loss of such a great veterinarian. The Kansas State University Veterinary Class of 1990 will miss his humor and subtle sarcasm.You took the time out of your busy schedule to email my me personally to assure that things are moving forward and you are sorry for our loss. Rich is and allows will be a member of our veterinary class. Your staff and all the officers involved are being appreciated a crossed the country by members of his class for your dedication to solving this crime. We extend prayers to his family and the community.
Cindy of Burlington, CO
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-6 #1 Jean Hodge 2014-07-09 05:36
Thank you for your update, Sheriff Growdon, at today's Board of Supervisors meeting. We appreciate your work. We will continue to provide you with information as you have requested.
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