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Hat may lead to murder suspects


Have you seen someone wearing a hat like this recently? The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office believes this hat may provide a clue into the June 23 death of Janesville veterinarian Richard Meinert. The hat is a black, flat bill type with red and black lettering, a red back strap and a sticker on the bill. If you have any information, call the sheriff’s office at 257-6121.


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Friday, June 27 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office seeks the community’s assistance with the investigation into the death of veterinarian Richard Meinert — and the hat pictured above may provide a clue.

Investigators continue to pursue Meinert’s June 23 death at the Thompson Peak Veterinary Clinic in Janesville as a possible homicide, and they seek information from the public to help identify people who may be involved.

According to a press release from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, “We have reason to believe the person or people involved in this death were wearing a unique style hat in the commission of the crime.” The hat is pictured above.

The sheriff’s office reminds residents to many of these hats have been sold in and out of our area.Mere possession of this type of hat does not automatically make anyone a suspect. However, the sheriff’s office is interested in hearing from residents who have seen people wearing this type of hat in the recent past. The hat is a black, flat bill type with red/black lettering, a red back strap and has a sticker on the bill.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at 257-6121.


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