Community in shock after Happy Valley woman found murdered, husband arrested

— A man is in custody and a community is in shock after a woman was found murdered Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 6. The deadly incident happened at a private residence on the 5400 block of Pine Street, near Roy and Bonnet lanes, in the Happy Valley area west of Anderson.


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Deputies were sent to the home to conduct a welfare check just after 5 p.m., after receiving reports of a potentially suicidal man who had possibly told a friend he may have killed his wife during an argument earlier in the day.

Kenneth Karl Vorreiter Jr., 63, was arrested this week after officials found his wife’s deceased body inside the couple’s Happy Valley home. SCSO booking photo

When deputies arrived at the home they contacted 63-year-old Kenneth Karl Vorreiter Jr. The man reportedly told deputies he had assaulted his wife earlier in the day and she was possibly dead inside the home.

When the deputies went inside the residence they found a woman’s lifeless body and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim’s name has not yet been released by officials, pending further investigation and notification of her family.

Vorreiter was interviewed by officers and detectives and detained for further questioning. He was later arrested and booked into Shasta County Jail for murder where he remains in custody on $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Nov. 9.

Although Vorreiter has no previous criminal history in Shasta County, he has 1993 and 1998 charges from Sonoma County for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse. It was not immediately known if those earlier charges involved the woman who is now dead.

Based on the circumstances, detectives assigned to SCSO’s Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Throughout the evening crime scene personnel and other officials were seen at the residence searching for, documenting, photographing, and collecting evidence related to the homicide.

In the wake of the murder and arrest, neighbors who live near the couple’s home have reported hearing loud arguments and yelling from the home in the past. While some neighbors have said they were shocked to hear reports of the woman’s death, others said they weren’t surprised due to the ongoing problems and issues at the troubled home.

SCSO’s investigation is ongoing and detectives from the Major Crimes Unit have asked that anyone with information about this investigation to contact Major Crimes at (530) 245-6135.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 28 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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