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Women found in freezer, pond on Colusa County farm died of blunt force trauma

Martin Ehrke.
Martin Ehrke.

Blunt force trauma killed Kimberly Lynn Taylor and Jessica Lynn Mazak before their bodies were found on an Arbuckle farm last week, the Colusa County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday.

Taylor’s body was found stuffed in a chest freezer on Jan. 25 on the almond farm where she and Mazak lived. A dive team found Mazak in a pond on the property later that day.

Taylor, 39, and Mazak, 25, both lived on the Hillgate Road farm but had no known connection to the owners. Investigators also found an illegal marijuana growing operation and drugs on the property.

Martin Ehrke, 49, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the women’s deaths. Ehrke is expected to enter a plea at his next court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7.

The Sheriff/Coroner’s Office based its assessment off an autopsy completed Tuesday. The murder weapon or weapons remain under investigation.

Both Taylor and Mazak were single mothers, according to friends and family members. Mazak’s brother has established a GoFundMe page to help fund her memorial service.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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