Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder as Remains Recovered at Golf Course

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Early this morning, Sheriff’s detectives arrested two suspects for their involvement in the murder and disposal of a victim that occurred in December, 2018. As part of an ongoing investigation into a missing person case, detectives were assisted by the Sheriff’s Office Dive Team at a golf course in the 1400-block of Golf Course Lane in Nipomo yesterday. As a result of the search, the suspected missing person’s remains were recovered from a lake on the property. The identification of the decedent is pending verification by the Coroner’s Bureau and will be released once it has been confirmed.

Shortly past midnight this morning, detectives served a search and arrest warrant in the 2200-block of Professional Parkway in the city of Santa Maria where they arrested 35-year-old Kimberly Machleit and 37-year-old Donald Anderson, both from Santa Maria. Machleit was booked at the Main Jail for murder with special circumstances (felony) and conspiracy (felony). She is being held on $2,000,000 bail. Anderson was booked at the Main Jail for accessory to murder (felony) and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

This investigation is ongoing, but it appears that the victim was murdered in the city of Santa Maria and dismembered before being disposed of at the golf course in December, 2018. The suspects and the victim knew each other and this was not a random act.  Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at (805)681-4171 or by visiting our website- SBSheriff.org.  

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PitMix Sep 23, 2020 07:18 AM
Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder as Remains Recovered at Golf Course

It's a strange case, they apparently had evidence linking these people to the disappearance but had to wait until there was a body until they could arrest them? If you had that much evidence, couldn't they have arrested them for kidnapping, false imprisonment, etc? They clearly didn't have time to get forensics from the body parts and who knows what would be left after extensive time in a lake?

giftedinSB Sep 23, 2020 09:15 AM
Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder as Remains Recovered at Golf Course

It's usually difficult to strap a murder charge on someone without a body. And who knows how much evidence the police actually had? Either way, I'm just glad that the decedent's poor family will be able to get closure once the body's ID is confirmed. It couldn't have come in a worse year, but there's never a good time for that news.

Vic3smuk Sep 24, 2020 08:02 AM
Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder as Remains Recovered at Golf Course

The got arrested back in may or something cops raided there house found drugs and Guns as the news said they just forgot to mention they also found the last evidence linking them to the murder. If maybe they weren’t selling drugs then they could of gotten away with murder... at that moment they knew they f up’ed sad it took 2 months for the evidence to process and arrested warrants to be made for murder

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 25, 2020 06:54 PM
Suspects Arrested for 2018 Murder as Remains Recovered at Golf Course

The Paradise Dive club (and even the UCSB dive club) here in Santa Barbara used to have regular events, such as underwater pumpkin carving....and diving for golf balls at local courses. Yikes, could you imagine finding that??? I'd probably choke on my regulator.

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