In some murder cases evidence abounds, witnesses cooperate and justice comes swiftly. For others, information lags, answers seem far away, and families have to wait.

The Appeal-Democrat from time to time features cold cases from decades ago, as well as more recent unsolved cases in hopes of reminding readers they may possess important information. Here is a list of unsolved murders from the last four years:


– Jan. 23 in Linda: Timothy P. Galusha, 20, was in the passenger seat of a vehicle near the intersection of Linda and Dunning avenues when he was shot in the chest and killed by an unknown individual from outside the vehicle just before 4:30 a.m.

No arrests have been made in connection to the homicide, which doesn’t appear to have been gang-related. The Yuba County Sheriff’s Office does not have leads on the case.

– Oct. 14 in Brownsville: Ronnie McKinsey, 53, was discovered in a home in the 16000 block of New York House Road just before 9 p.m. Results of his autopsy have been withheld by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office to protect the integrity of the investigation, which remains active.

His death is being investigated as a murder due to some trauma on the body, though details haven’t been released. It’s believed McKinsey was living in the home and was previously from the Oroville area.

– Oct. 22 in Yuba City: Bradley Young, 27, was shot several times in the upper torso near Reeves and Cooper avenues just before 10:30 p.m. 


–Oct. 28 in Marysville: Jesse Becerra was shot multiple times at 13th and Yuba streets around 11:15 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing three men running from the scene immediately after shots were fired. At the time, police said the shooting did not appear to be random.



— Feb. 4 in Yuba City: Matthew Gonzalez, 15, was shot by an unknown gunman from a passing car while walking home from a store with a friend on Market Street and Ainsley Avenue. He was a student at Feather River Academy and loved playing baseball.

— Feb. 6-10 in south Sutter County: Tomas (Guzman) Oliveros, 40, was discovered in a canal waist-deep in water after a farmer reported an abandoned car on Kirkville Road near Robbins. 

The keys to the car were found in the seat, and the car had been there since at least Feb. 6, when another person reported seeing it. It was discovered by police Feb. 10. 

Guzman Oliveros died of gunshot wounds. 

— Sept. 18 in Yuba City: Yulver Flores, 27, and Bernardo Flores, 19, were gunned down in front of the Gum Tree Mobile Home Park in the 1000 block of Garden Highway.

— Oct. 11 in Yuba City: Rodrigo Cuevas, 35, was shot multiple times as he sat in his vehicle on McKeehan Drive off Miles Avenue around 9:10 p.m. He was on life support and died of his injuries on Oct. 20.


— Feb. 3 in Sutter County: John Doe. An adult human torso was found in a garbage bag by farmworkers on a road adjacent to an irrigation ditch off the 7000 block of Pelger Road, northwest of Robbins. 

At the time, no identifying information was found during the autopsy. An initial analysis by a Chico State University-based anthropologist found the remains appeared to have been in decay for six to nine months.

— April 27 in Marysville: Michael McDaniel, 59, was found bound and beaten to death in what appeared to be a marijuana robbery at his home in the 2200 block of Greely Drive in the early morning hours. 

His family has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for his death. An arrest was made four months after the murder, but the suspect was released from custody due to lack of admissible evidence.

— Jan. 23 - May 29 in Linda: Juan Rodriguez, 33, was found May 29 wrapped with a tarp and duct tape and buried in a shallow grave off Country Club Road, after a brush fire cleared the area. 

Sheriff’s deputies arrested his wife, who filed a missing persons report Jan. 23. The cases against her, and her sister and cousin (the latter two were originally accused of being accessories) were dropped. According to archives, Rodriguez was found with a hole in his head consistent with a gunshot wound.

— Dec. 7 in Marysville: Gloria Booth, 92, was found dead around 4 p.m. in her home in the 400 block of East 25th Street with a gunshot wound. Initially, police thought she died of natural causes in her kitchen. They returned to the scene and began an investigation when the Yuba County coroner discovered a bullet wound. 

No motive has been determined; her kitchen door was found slightly ajar, but jewelry and cash appeared to have been untouched. She was wife of the late Frank M. booth Jr., a civic and business leader who served as chairman of Frank M. Booth Inc., a mechanical engineering company in Marysville.

Her son, Lawrence Booth, said there is no new information and that the family has posted a reward several times to no avail. She would have been celebrating her 96th birthday on June 25.

“I’m sure she would be with us because her grandfather lived until he was almost 100,” Larry Booth said earlier this week.

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