Press Releases

April 29, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Alonso Autopsy Results

News ImageSANTA ANA, Calif. – (April 29, 2015) – On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner Division conducted an autopsy of Erica Alonso, 28, following yesterday’s discovery of her body in the Cleveland National Forest. Following the autopsy and extensive examination of her body, the cause of death is “undetermined” and there were no obvious physical signs of trauma. Sheriff’s Investigators continue to examine information and process evidence collected throughout the investigation.

Fingerprints were collected during the autopsy and are currently being matched with Cal-ID records to officially confirm Alonso’s identify. Confirmation is expected later this evening or tomorrow.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.


April 29, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Body Discovered Off Ortega Highway Identified as Missing Woman

News ImageCLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST, Calif. – (April 28, 2015) – The body discovered in a remote area off Ortega Highway in the Cleveland National Forest has been preliminarily identified as Erica Alonso, 28, Laguna Hills; however, confirmation is pending fingerprint and/or dental record comparison. Alonso was a reported missing person since February 15, 2015.

On Monday, April 27, 2015 at approximately 10 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was notified after a group of biologist working for Cal-Trans, discovered a decomposed body in a rugged area off Ortega Highway, approximately 12 miles east of Interstate 5. A crime scene was established overnight until homicide and coroner investigators could assemble and begin conducting an investigation.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at approximately 11 a.m., the body was recovered and transported to the Coroner Division. Investigators continue to process evidence collected at the scene as well as evidence obtained through the Coroner’s examination. Coroner investigators have not determined a manner or cause of death; however, an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.

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April 27, 2015 
NEWS RELEASE: Suspect Arrested Following Huntington Beach PD Officer-Involved Shooting

News ImageHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – (April 27, 2015) – On Sunday, April 26, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department investigators arrested Adrian Coates, 18, Huntington Beach, during a traffic stop in the city of Costa Mesa. Coates was the driver of a stolen vehicle pursued by the Huntington Beach Police Department earlier in the day.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at approximately 2:50 a.m., a Huntington Beach police officer-involved shooting occurred following a pursuit and felony traffic stop of a reported stolen vehicle. During the felony traffic stop Coates made a U-turn and accelerated towards officers, resulting in the officer-involved shooting. Coates drove the vehicle past the officers and fled the immediate area. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department airship, “Duke,” assisted ground units and located the vehicle abandoned a short distance away.

As is protocol for all Huntington Beach Police officer-involved shootings, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was called and assumed responsibility for the investigation. Following the preliminary investigation and collection of evidence at the scene, investigators located and arrested Coates at approximately 11:00 p.m. Coates was uninjured and indicated he had not been hit by the officer’s gunfire during the incident.

Coates was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and booked into Orange County Jail. He is being held on $50K bail and scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Unit at (714) 647-7055 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.


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