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Coroner confirms identity of Shingletown murder victim


Photo courtesy of Sheila Trevino

As of Thursday, August 23 at 4:00 p.m.:

The Shasta County Coroner's Office has positively identified the victim of this homicide as Anna Louise Coker, 50, of Shingletown.

An autopsy has been conducted and the cause of death is pending further examination and testing.

The defendant, Frank Berry remains in custody at the Shasta County Jail on 2.5 million dollar bail.

The Major Crimes Unit is not releasing any other details about this homicide yet. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact their Major Crimes Unit at (530) 245-6135 or e-mail them at mcu@co.shasta.ca.us.

Original article:

A Shingletown man has been arrested for murder in connection to the death of a woman who was found badly burned in an area west of Battle Creek Reservoir on Thursday, August 16.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, detectives with the major crimes unit were called to the area in the Lassen National Forest for a possible homicide associated with a wildland fire.

The woman's burned body was found in a rock crevice in the same area as the wildland fire. The woman was badly burned and she has not been positively identified.

Officials said this is an active investigation and detectives believe they know who the woman is based upon facts, evidence, and statements they have obtained during this investigation. Detectives have also been in contact with family members of the believed victim.

Frank Alexander Berry, 48, from Shingletown was arrested Saturday in connection to the investigation as officials believe he has been in a relationship with the victim for the past several weeks.

Detectives said when they found Berry, they noticed he was wearing a hat, glasses, a fake mustache, and has colored his eye brows with a felt marker in an apparent attempt to disguise his identity as he had been made aware that detectives were looking for him.

Detectives added Berry was armed when they arrested him.

Arson investigators have concluded the fire associated with the victim did not start the nearby wildland fire.

Officials said no further information will be released about the investigation at this time and Berry is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon for his arraignment.

The Major Crimes Unit is urging anyone that has any information about this homicide to contact them at 530-245-6135.

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