The bodies of two daughters of a boozing winery worker who police said earlier butchered five people, were found in a landfill dump Saturday, and a third daughter was hospitalized with her throat cut ear-to-ear.
The grisly discovery at the dump raised to seven the number of victims of the jealous, hot-tempered gun lover whom police say went on a two-hour rampage of stabbing and shooting in Northern California's wine country Friday.The girls' throats were slashed by their father late Friday and they were thrown over an embankment at a darkened landfill dump near neighboring Petaluma, Sonoma County Sheriff Dick Michaelsen told a news conference.
The survivor said "that her father cut her throat that they were attacked late last night and thrown over the embankment and left there," the sheriff said.
Ramon Salcido, 27, is accused of killing his wife, her two young sisters, his mother-in-law and his boss at three different places in a normally peaceful area of the bucolic wine country. One scene was described as resembling a slaughterhouse.
After the five killings, the suspect fled with his three daughters, whose throats were slashed some 12 hours later, the sheriff said. "I can't imagine these crimes being committed by one individual," Michaelsen said. "It's just overwhelming."
The dead girls, kidnapped by their father during the earlier killings, were identified as Theresa Salcido, 1, and Sophia Salcido, 3.
Carmina Salcido, 2, survived although her throat was cut ear-to-ear. She underwent about three hours of surgery Saturday afternoon and her condition was upgraded from critical to stable.
A sheriff's spokesman said that shortly before 3 p.m. a citizen reported finding three girls near a dump site on Stagegulch Road near Highway 116 between neighoring Petaluma and Sonoma. Two were confirmed dead, apparently from knife wounds.
Salcido, characterized as armed and dangerous, was the target of an intense manhunt stretching to the Mexican border as investigators followed up on tips and examined physical evidence, including the car police said he used to drive to three different murder scenes Friday.
Salcido took his daughters with him after the murder of his wife at their Boyes Hot Springs home. Michaelsen said, "Our concern is to find him immediately. He is an extremely sick individual."
An all-points bulletin was issued for Salcido and his 1982 black Pontiac Firebird with California plates 2-EMJ-018. Sonoma deputies also sought a brown 1967 Ford station wagon seen at the dump at about the same time a Hispanic man was seen in the area.