By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com April 15 2003 12:00 AM ET
Three people arrested on suspicion of murdering a missing Salinas, Calif., man, in part because he was gay, remained jailed Sunday with bail set at $1 million each.
Police have not formally identified the victim, but the mother of a Salinas resident who has been missing since mid December told reporters she thinks it's her son, 30-year-old Robert Alan Maricle.
Authorities said a witness in a missing persons investigation led them last week to a makeshift grave in northern Monterey County where they uncovered a man's body.
The witness also told investigators that one motive for the murder had been the man's sexual orientation.
Police believe the two men and the woman who were arrested killed the man at a home in south Salinas before burying him in the rural location.
Detectives are working to identify a cause of death as well as to determine the link between the victim and those arrested. They were identified as Dominique Daniel England, 19, of Salinas; Daymon Douglas Schrock, 20, of Seaside; and Jeanne Soja, 29, of Angels Camp.