The Sheriff’s Department has determined that a December double homicide in Creston was actually a murder-suicide involving family members.
According to Sheriff’s spokesman, Tony Cipolla, deputies received a 9-1-1 call at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 from a home in the 2700 block of California Canyon Highway in Creston reporting a domestic dispute.
While all such calls are potentially dramatic, this one was serious right away. “Sheriff’s Dispatch,” Cipolla said, “heard what was suspected to be gun shots in the background during the 9-1-1 call.”
Responding deputies discovered a tragic scene. “Deputies located a deceased female and deceased male inside the residence,” Cipolla said. An immediate investigation quickly uncovered the sad truth.
“It was determined,” Cipolla said, “the disturbance was between a stepdaughter, Maria Quesada (40-years old) and her stepfather, Arturo Quesada (60) who were both residing at that location.”
He added that their theory of the crime is that the stepfather, Quesada, murdered his stepdaughter, and then killed himself.
Cipolla said there were no others involved in the case, and there was no threat to the general public arising from the incident.
He added that the investigation was ongoing, but did not indicate what their argument was about.