Two suspects arrested in killing of Salinas man

SAN BENITO COUNTY – Two suspects have been arrested in the killing of a Salinas man whose skeletal remains were discovered in San Benito County last month, authorities said.

Found on Salinas Grade Road on Jan. 6, the remains were identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office as those of Saul Venegas, who was reported missing on Nov. 10, the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The sheriff’s office and the Salinas Police Department jointly investigated the case and identified Jorge Martinez and Crystal Toney as suspects, the sheriff’s office said. A vehicle used in the killing was also located in a storage facility in Brea.

On Feb. 10, Brea police officers arrested Martinez and Toney at the storage facility.

The sheriff’s office said the investigation, which also involved the FBI, unearthed additional evidence implicating Martinez as Venegas’ killer and Toney as an accessory after the fact.

Martinez and Toney were moved to the San Benito County Jail on Feb. 14 and were set to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in San Benito County Superior Court.

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Anyone with information related to the case can contact the sheriff’s office at 831-636-4080 or Detective Jason Leist at jleist@sbcsheriff.org.

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