Law enforcement officers have arrested a man suspected of being involved in the homicide of Wendy Pullins, who went missing in June 2022 in Mariposa County, California. The suspect, a 42-year-old man, was apprehended on Monday in Mendocino County.
Pullins, a 57-year-old Ahwahnee woman, was last seen on June 15, 2022, when she left for Mariposa to register her vehicle. She had planned to spend the night at a friend’s house on Stumpfield Mountain Road but never arrived at her destination. Two months later, her Jeep Cherokee was discovered down a steep embankment in a remote area of Mariposa County, with blood found inside confirmed to be hers.
After more than a year with no developments in the case, the Mariposa County sheriff’s office announced on September 26, 2023, that they believed Pullins had been killed. Subsequently, on October 4, they sought the public’s assistance in locating a Subaru Outback believed to be connected to the case, which was later found on October 10.
On October 25, the sheriff’s office released the name, photo, and description of the suspect, stating that they had credible information linking him to Pullins’ murder. Finally, on November 13, law enforcement officers observed the suspect entering a vehicle in Willits, leading to a high-risk enforcement stop involving officers from Mendocino, Lake, and Mariposa counties. The suspect was eventually apprehended and taken into custody.
The suspect, whose identity has not been disclosed, is currently being held at Mendocino County Jail on a felony murder arrest warrant. Extradition to Mariposa County is pending. The investigation into Wendy Pullins’ homicide is ongoing.