D.A.: No sex assault in postal worker's death; Authorities talk to person of interest
Authorities have a person of interest in the death of a Colusa postal worker, and a report sent to the district attorney shows the woman was not sexually assaulted.
Connie "C.B." Johnson, 51, was found dead Nov. 14 in a canal west of Colusa. She was last seen alive Nov. 10.
Lt. Shane Maxey with the Colusa County Sheriff's Department said Friday that investigators were able to speak to a person of interest once before he requested a lawyer.
"I want to be open about it, but the primary purpose is to keep this case intact," Maxey said. He said four search warrants have been served.
"At the canal where the victim was found, with the assistance of the water district, we drained the canal and additional evidence was found at the scene," Maxey said.
"We've talked to quite a few witnesses, and we're waiting for all the results of evidence to come in, in addition to the toxicology and autopsy from the pathologist," Maxey said. "We will then consult with the district attorney, Colusa Police Department, and Highway Patrol."
Colusa County District Attorney John Poyner said the process of the investigation takes a considerable amount of time.
"It takes six to eight weeks to get a DNA test. We're just one county out of 58 that goes to the DNA lab, and we have to wait our turn. Our cases don't take priority," Poyner said. "The only thing that I have received is a paper from the Department of Justice, and that was a test that showed there were no signs of sexual assault."
Johnson was familiar to many people who visited the Colusa post office.
She was last seen Nov. 10 at Rocco's Bar.
Police have not said how she died or why she ended up in a canal off of Luriline Avenue.
At a vigil held Nov. 28 in Johnson's memory, a co-worker of 15 years expressed his sadness over her death.
"It made it hard for me that I don't know why she's not here," Eric Anderson said. "I think in a small community, everybody wants to know when something like this happens. I hope that the truth comes out of this."