Surveillance Image Released Of Fugitive NorCal Murder Suspect

FORT BRAGG (CBS/AP) – Surveillance cameras have captured an image of the fugitive suspected of killing a city councilman in Mendocino County and a land trust manager, according to authorities.

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office said it believes the picture is of Aaron Bassler, for whom authorities have been scouring area forests since the shootings in August.

Deputies have been searching a 400-square-mile area for weeks, and have installed 40 cameras to aid their search.

In the photo, Bassler appears to be holding a high-caliber rifle and vandalizing a cabin.

Aaron Bassler

Aaron Bassler (Mendocino County Sheriff's Office)

Bassler is suspected of fatally shooting 69-year-old Fort Bragg City Councilman Jere Melo on Aug. 27 and 45-year-old Mendocino Land Trust land manager Matthew Coleman, who was found dead on Aug. 11.

Authorities believe they are closing in on Bassler.

Mendocino County officials have postponed a local foot race because of the manhunt. The Mendocino Coast Hospital hosts an annual Health and Wellness Fair that includes 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs. The Noyo River Run, scheduled this year for Oct. 16, would have taken runners through areas currently being combed by law enforcement in the search for Bassler.

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  1. Guapi says:

    Ewwwwwwwwe!!!! Lordy!! That’s one ugly baby! He needs a make over and a class to learn how to apply makeup more evenly. Ewe!!! That baby is so ugly when he was born the Doctor slapped his mother!

  2. zaq says:

    Aaron Bassler had better pray the cops find him before I do!

    1. Moock says:

      Why do you want to find him?

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