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Two arrested after body of suspected murder victim recovered from Nipomo golf course

NIPOMO, Calif. - Two people have been arrested after a body was recovered from a Nipomo golf course Monday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Blacklake Golf Course in Nipomo Monday as part of an investigation linked to a 2018 missing person case.

Sheriff's divers recovered the body from a lake at the golf course.

The sheriff's office says two Santa Maria residents were arrested in connection to the recovered body early Tuesday morning when arrest warrants were served at a home on the 2200 block of Professional Parkway in Santa Maria

110Kimberly Machleit, 35, and Donald Anderson, 37, of Santa Maria

35-year-old Kimberly Machleit faces murder and conspiracy charges and is being held on a $2 million bail. 37-year-old Donald Anderson faces charges for being an accessory to murder and is being held on a $1 million bail.

Both Anderson and Machleit were arrested last month on various drug and gun charges.

The identity of the person whose body was recovered will be released after a coroner's investigation.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said it appears this body is linked to a missing person case from December 2018. Sheriff's officials say the suspects and the victim knew each other and this does not appear to be a random act.

The investigation is ongoing, but sheriff's officials say it appears the victim was murdered and dismembered in Santa Maria before their body was disposed of in Nipomo.

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 805-681-4171.

San Luis Obispo County / Santa Maria - Lompoc - North County
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