By GREG LITTLE
A likely murder-suicide in Yosemite West remains under investigation.
The incident in the resort area located adjacent to Yosemite National Park sent shock waves through the community, which is normally a quiet retreat with higher end vacation rentals and some permanent residences.
The victim in the case, according to Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese, was Roland Goldberg, 31, of Lebanon, Mo., who was a truck driver. The shooter was Elisabeth Shauck, 22, of Salinas.
The incident took place on April 22 when deputies from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible deceased person.
Briese said the two people were staying in a vacation rental in the resort and “didn’t check out” when their stay was supposed to end. Briese said because of the distances involved, rangers from Yosemite National Park were also dispatched to the scene.
A maintenance worker, said Briese, was sent to the vacation rental to see why the couple had not checked out and found one person on the floor in a pool of blood. That worker immediately left the premises and contacted authorities, which is when deputies were dispatched to the scene.
When deputies arrived at the community, which is located just outside of Yosemite but can only be accessed by entering the park, they found an adult male and an adult female who were both deceased. Both were inside of the condominium.
Preliminary evidence collected at the scene, officials said, indicated to investigators the case was likely a murder suicide. That evidence indicated the female likely shot the male multiple times before taking her own life. Shortly after discovering the incident, the sheriff’s office said there were “no additional persons of interest.”
Evidence from the scene was taken to the California Department of Justice crime lab in Fresno for analysis.
Briese said on Tuesday the bodies of the two were still undergoing an autopsy. However, he did say Goldberg had three gunshot wounds to his head from “close range.”
Shauck had one gunshot wound from a Glock 17 9mm handgun. The gun was registered to Shauck, he said.
He added a suicide note was found at the scene and part of its contents chronicled their relationship. Briese said “it appears” the two had been boyfriend and girlfriend for a few years.
Briese said investigators began piecing together a “backwards timeline” regarding the couple, who he said were not married. That timeline is a way for investigators to attempt to find out how and when the couple came to Yosemite West prior to the incident, as well as any other movements they made leading up to the incident.
That investigation is continuing, he said, as officials are talking to friends and family members of the two.
The case remains under investigation.