Homicide victim stabbed multiple times, says sheriff

Few details released during afternoon press conference

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference this afternoon, but little new information was released about the murder of Karen Kay Duenas, 51, of Cottonwood, by Sheriff Tom Bosenko who conducted the meeting. Of primary interest was the fact that no suspect is currently in custody.

Duenas was found during the early morning hours of May 5 at her residence on Robinson Glen Drive in Cottonwood.

“Throughout the early morning hours of Saturday as well as into Saturday evening,” said Bosenko, “detectives from the major crime unit and crime scene investigators and Shasta County crime labs processed the scene. They canvassed the immediate area and surrounding neighborhood. Family members of the Duenas family were also interviewed by detectives.”

According to Bosenko, Karen Duenas was found by her husband, Mark, in a bedroom. She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders, although no time of death was given today. The cause of death, however, was officially revealed as “multiple stab wounds,” said Bosenko.

“Members of the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office and search and rescues teams assisted in this investigation by searching nearby fields and neighboring yards for any evidence. No information from this search can be provided,” Bosenko told members of the press.

Bosenko also stated that Officer Brian Boyd of the Department of Fish and Game, along with his dog Phebe, have also assisted in the investigation.

“Detectives have continued to canvas the area,” said Bosenko, but he indicated that so far those searches are “routine."

No specific details related to the autopsy conducted on Monday have been released, either.

“The death of Karen Duenas was a very tragic and violent incident,” said Bosenko, who reassured residents that his team is doing everything they can to solve the crime. No further details will be released for fear of jeopardizing the case, Bosenko indicated.

“Investigations of this magnitude must be conducted in a thorough and methodical manner,” said Bosenko, counseling patience on behalf of residents.

“There is no increased danger to the general public,” Bosenko stated, later urging residents to call the Sherrif’s office with tips “no matter how trivial.”

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