Yucaipa, CA: Death investigation determined to be homicide and suicide.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 7:18pm PT on Thursday, June 25th, 2015, concerned friends of 45 year old Tammy Theresa Chilton of Yucaipa, California went to her apartment located on the 12300 block of 3rd Street in Yucaipa, California after she failed to show up for work or return their phone calls.
A friend and the apartment manager entered the apartment and found Tammy Chilton and her boyfriend, 52 year old William Robert Martinez of Huntington Beach, California, unresponsive.
They called 911 and deputies, along with medical aid responded.
Both victims were pronounced deceased at the scene.
Due to the suspicious nature of the deaths, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Investigators were requested to conduct the investigation.
The investigation is ongoing and autopsies will be conducted to determine the cause of death.
On Friday, July 10th, 2015: Investigators found William Robert Martinez and Tammy Theresa Chilton deceased on the bed in Tammy Theresa Chilton’s bedroom.
There was a ligature loosely tied around Tammy Theresa Chilton’s neck.
William Robert Martinez was next to Tammy Theresa Chilton, hanging by his neck from the headboard.
Autopsies revealed Tammy Theresa Chilton and William Robert Martinez died from strangulation.
Investigators have determined that William Robert Martinez strangled Tammy Theresa Chilton and then hung himself.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Detail, Sergeant John Gaffney or Detective Patty Ruiz, at: 1 (909) 387-3589.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1
(800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at: http://www.wetip.com