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Willows man found dead in Stony Creek
The Glenn County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found Friday in Stony Creek near Hamilton City as 37-year-old Michael Castillo Perea of Willows.
Three local teenagers discovered the body while swimming in Stony Creek west of Hamilton City around 6 p.m., Sheriff Larry Jones said.
The teens returned to Hamilton City and reported the situation to the Hamilton City Fire Department, which called the Sheriff’s Department.
Patrol deputies met the teens and transported them back to Stony Creek where they showed deputies the location of the body.
The area was sealed, off but because of darkness, the investigation continued into Saturday morning when the body was removed about 9:30.
The cause of death is under investigation, and investigators are uncertain how long the body had been in the water. The body was badly decomposed, Jones said.
An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
The death is highly suspicious and the possibility that the body had been dropped off in the area has not been ruled out, Jones said.
According to family, Perea was last seen on March 30 or March 31, officials said. Perea had not been reported as missing as it was not unusual for him to be gone for periods of time, Jones said.
Perea is known to law enforcement.
He had been booked into the Glenn County Jail on March 13, after being arrested in Hamilton City for suspicion of trespassing.
After spending two days in jail, Perea had been released on his own recognizance by the Glenn County Superior Court and had a March 20 court date, which he missed, Jones said.
A $30,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest, Jones said.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Greg Felton at 934-6431 or the Sheriff’s Secret Witness Line at 934-6627.