Martin Ehrke

Man kills two women on family farm, stashes one body in a freezer and dumps the other in a pond: Cops

Authorities in California arrested a man on suspicion of homicide after the bodies of two women were found on his property.

According to People, 49-year-old Martin Christian Ehrke is expected to face two counts of homicide.

A preliminary statement indicated officers responded to a farm in Colusa County after receiving a report of suspicious circumstances at the location. Upon arrival, they were reportedly informed of a “possible human body in a freezer.”

Detectives reportedly located the body of 39-year-old Kimberly Lynn Taylor in a chest freezer inside the bedroom of a residence on the Arbuckle farm. A short time later, officials say they called in a dive team to search a pond on the property, where they found a body identified as 25-year-old Jessica Lynn Mazak.

Investigators also reportedly found drugs and discovered marijuana was being illegally grown on the premises.

Both victims reportedly lived on the farm, though police say they had no known ties to the suspect, whose mother owned the property.

According to Lt. Mark Contreras, the cause of death for both women will not be available until after an autopsy is completed, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Police say Ehrke was arrested after checking himself into an area hospital for an unknown reason. He was arraigned Friday and is set to appear in court again early next month.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the case is encouraged to call the sheriff’s department at 530-458-0200 and speak to Sgt. Jose Ruiz or Detective Marvin Garibay.

[Featured image: Martin Ehrke/Colusa County Sheriff’s Office]