Murder arrest made in missing man case

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Sheriff’s deputies have quietly made an arrest in a slaying last October that was never reported to the public. 

The arrest is the only confirmation of the killing that brings Kern’s 2018 homicide total to 112, up from 103 the year before.

Daniel Rhoads, 45, was arrested Dec. 6 at his home in the mountain community of Caliente.

He has been booked into the county jail and charged with first degree murder, according to court documents.

Rhoads is accused of killing William Alford, who was reported missing two months earlier, according to those documents.

Rhoads told investigators the killing happened around Oct. 15.

He said he argued with Alford and then shot him, according to court documents.

He said he wrapped the body in a trash bag with string and threw the body in a trash can, documents said. On Thursday afternoon, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said Alford’s body has not been found.

Investigators located blood in Rhoads’ kitchen as well as a stray bullet inside a cabinet, consistent with the homicide, according to documents.

Rhoads told investigators that he may have escalated the situation and could have handled things differently.

The sheriff’s office said they are also looking for 31-year-old Susana Sanchez as a person of interest in relation to the killing. She is wanted for questioning.

Anyone with information on Sanchez’s whereabouts or the case is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 861-3110 or call the Secret Witness Hotline at 322-4040

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