Jessica Cejnar / Tuesday, April 27 @ 10:49 a.m. / Crime

DNSO Arrests Suspect in Joseph Deford Homicide



DNSO Seeks Information on Suspected Homicide on Harding Avenue


Deputies arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the death of Joseph Deford, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday.

Neil Hiller was booked into the Del Norte County Jail on one charge of murder, according to DNSO.

From a DNSO Facebook post:

We can confirm that the DNSO has arrested Neil Hiller (33) as a suspect for the homicide of Joseph Deford.

This case is currently very active and details will be forthcoming. It is important that we focus on the investigation in cooperation with the DN District Attorney's Office so that the case can be properly adjudicated.

As our Investigations Unit continues to tirelessly move forward, we would like to thank the community members that stepped up. You are making and continue to make the difference.

We also want to thank assisting agencies and especially PBSP CRT.

Deford was found near the 200 block of Harding Avenue at about 1:14 a.m. Thursday. The 22-year-old man was unresponsive and had what appeared to be a small-caliber gunshot wound to his back.



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