A 33-year-old McKinleyville man was found dead last week near a trail in a forested area on the east side of town. Forrest Croft Lovejoy died as a result of multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.
A suspect, 21-year-old Michael Raymond Youravish, was arrested on suspicion of
murder and booked into the Humboldt County Jail.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department received information at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 that there was a possible homicide victim in a wooded area north of C Avenue. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the location is commonly referred to as the Baldy area. Witnesses provided detectives with information that helped them find Lovejoy near a foot trail at about 3 p.m.
Based on evidence obtained and witness statements, detectives arrested Michael Raymond Youravish at about 5 p.m. that day at a residence on the 1400 block of Highland Avenue in Eureka. Detectives described the suspect as a resident of both Eureka and McKinleyville.
Detectives did not release a motive for the killing. A local store clerk told the McKinleyville Press that the suspect and the victim visited Central Station on Tuesday evening, June 18. Then they both visited the Shell Station at School Road and Central Avenue and purchased beer.
An autopsy was performed on the victim on Saturday, June 22. The multiple stab wounds were determined to be the cause of death.
Youravish remains in custody at the Humboldt County Jail.
Detective Todd Fulton is requesting that any additional witnesses with information about Michael Youravish or information about this investigation to telephone him at (707) 268-3646.