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A Colusa County suspect appeared in court Friday to face charges of killing two women and leaving one body in a freezer and the other in a pond.

Posted: Jan. 27, 2018 9:19 AM
Updated: Jan. 27, 2018 9:22 AM

A Colusa County suspect appeared in court Friday to face charges of killing two women and leaving one body in a freezer and the other in a pond.

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It is not yet known how they were killed, or why.

Hidden from sight by rows of almond trees.

And nearly a quarter of a mile from the nearest paved road.

This is where Colusa County Sheriff's deputies say 49-year-old Martin Ehrke murdered two women.

Investigators said the two women lived at the house along with Ehrke and others.

A roommate of the victims called 9-1-1 from the home early Thursday morning to report suspicious circumstances and their disappearance, when investigators first showed up they found one of the victims in a chest freezer in a separate residence attached to the house.

That victim has been identified as 39-year-old Kimberly Taylor.

The dive team later checked a large pond on the property and found 25-year-old Jessica Mazak's body submerged.

Detectives found an illegal marijuana grow and narcotics on the property.

KCRA also found all three have drug offenses in their history.

Investigators revealed Friday, the suspect left the home Wednesday evening and was checked into the Colusa Medical Center but didn't say what he was being treated for.

After he was released he was found at another location in Colusa where he was arrested.

Before leaving the courthouse in Colusa, Ehrke was ordered to be held without bond and given a public defender.

Ehrke will be back in court in February to enter a plea to the murder charges.

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