Homicide Investigation

Case # 23-001500


On 03/12/2023 at about 4:15 PM, Butte EMS, Cal Fire, and CPD units responded to Food Maxx in Chico for a reported suspicious circumstance.  A caller reported locating a subject inside a shopping cart near the front of the store.  The subject was reportedly wrapped in a large sheet of white plastic.  The caller believed the subject was deceased.

Upon arrival, EMS confirmed the adult male was, in fact, deceased. 

Because the decedent was found wrapped in plastic inside a shopping cart and appeared to have suffered visible injuries, officers initiated a homicide investigation.  Patrol units cordoned off the crime scene and canvassed for witnesses while investigators responded to the scene.  The California Department of Justice also responded and processed the crime scene.  After BCSO deputy coroners and a mortuary service removed the decedent, the scene was released at approximately 11:00 PM.

CPD detectives are continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone who may have information or witnessed events related to this incident is asked to call CPD Dispatch at (530) 897-4911.  The case number is 23-1500.

Location:  Food Maxx – 2051 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy.   

Suspect:   Unknown 

Victim:      Withheld

Supervisor: Det. Sgt. Dane Gregory

Lieutenant: Brian Miller

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