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Homicide on East Hobsonway Arrests Made

January 19, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif On Monday, January 18 at about 7:00 a.m., the Blythe Police Department received a report of an unconscious man lying in a parking lot in the 1900 block of E. Hobsonway. When Officers arrived they located a white male laying in the parking lot of the abandoned business at 1937 E. Hobsonway. Paramedics from Blythe AMR arrived minutes later and pronounced the male deceased.

This diligence led to the arrests of Blake Don Austin Beach (age 21), Cody James Winn (age 23), and Matthew Damien Cotter (age 24) for murder. All three suspects are residents of Blythe.


As of Tuesday morning the identity of the victim in this case is still unknown. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning and Police hope he will be identified at that time. Police are not releasing how the victim was killed pending the results of the autopsy, but according to Lt. Jeff Wade all weapons used during the attack are believed to have been recovered.

All three suspects were booked into Blythe Jail for murder and are being held without bail.

Police are still looking into the motive for the killing

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Detective J. Coe at 922-6111 ext. 2233, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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