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Suspect Released In Homicide Investigation

Walnut Creek police continue inquiries into the death of a Hayward man Dec. 12.

No one is in custody in the case of the homicide of a Hayward man that took place in Walnut Creek Dec. 12, and Walnut Creek police continue their investigation.

"We hope to meet with the DA again soon to review the case after some additional investigation takes place," wrote Sgt. Jay Hill of the WCPD's Investigations Bureau in an email Thursday. The victim, who suffered blunt trauma, was Jeffrey Patterson, 48, of Hayward, who left a widow and three children.

on Dec. 15 and was initially arrested on suspicion of homicide, but has since been released from custody, Hill confirmed. The Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office returned the investigation to the WCPD.

He was subsequently released.

Hill said Thursday he could not release additional information. Police have declined to comment on the theory that the homicide took place in the 0-100 block of Oak Knoll Loop in Walnut Creek and the body was found a mile away in front of a house in the 2300 block on San Miguel Drive in unincorporated Walnut Creek.

WCPD executed a search warrant at a house on Oak Knoll Loop last week and arrested Frank Castro of Walnut Creek in connection with the homicide.

Castro was later released from custody and no charges were filed against him.Police also have declined to discuss whether there was any drug or alcohol involvement in the incident.

It is the only homicide reported in Walnut Creek in 2011.

Masterlock December 23, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Wow, so there's potentially still a murderer on the loose and nobody knows why this happened? That's reassuring...
Chris F. December 23, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Where is Angela Lansbury or Andy griffith when you need them
Triple Canopy December 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM
'Still under investigation dude. There is apparently not enough evidence to hold the person of interest. Or would you rather detain the the person without probable cause? That'd be an illegal detention and is a violation of his civil rights (as presumably, a legal resident). If he were an illegal, then there would be grounds to hold him hold cuz he broke federal immigration law. Lawyer up Mr. Person of Interest! Lawyer up!!!! Say NOTHING. Exercise your right to remain silent as accorded by law.

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