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Your help is needed with double murder investigation
March 27, 2017
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Friday, March 24 at approximately 12:03 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff responded to a 911 call regarding two people deceased inside of a residence in the 7700 block of Bedouin Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Deputies arrived at the residence at approximately 12:08 a.m., and found Christy McKissic (a white female adult age 32) and Renee Metcalf (a white female adult age 62) both of Twentynine Palms, deceased from multiple gunshot wounds, inside of the residence.
A ten year old juvenile was located inside of the residence, unharmed. The Sheriff's Specialized Investigations Homicide Detail was requested and has assumed the investigation.
A little later that morning, at approximately 02:26 a.m., deputies attempted to stop a stolen vehicle traveling west on Twentynine Palms Highway near Midway Road. The vehicle was stolen during a home invasion robbery on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at approximately 9:50 p.m., from a residence in the 6400 block of Goleta Avenue, in Yucca Valley.
The vehicle failed to yield and fled from deputies at speeds near 100 m.p.h. into Yucca Valley. Deputies and officers from the California Highway Patrol were able to deploy spike stripes and successfully stopped the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, Terrence Kennard Hodges, black male, (age 42 of Wonder Valley) was taken into custody without incident. Hodges was positively identified as the suspect responsible for the home invasion robbery and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for the same.
Rumors have circulated that a person was arrested related to the on-going murder investigation. This information is NOT correct. Investigators have collected a large volume of evidence and interviewed numerous people, including Hodges. The investigation is on-going and no additional information will be released at this time.
Anyone with information related to the on-going Murder Investigation is asked to contact Detective Marc Goodwin or Sergeant Jason Radeleff of the Sheriff's Homicide Detail at (909) 387-3589.
Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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