The victim in the homicide has been identified as 47 year old, Jessica Jane Hare from Phillipsville. The victim and suspect knew each other prior to the shooting. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, May 02, 2015.
On 04-25-2015, at about 8:30 P.M., the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen reporting there was a gunshot victim at a residence on the 400 block of Phillipsville (Loop) Rd., in Phillipsville, Ca.
Deputies responded to the scene, along with Officers from the California Highway Patrol. Deputies located the Victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
After speaking with witnesses, Deputies learned the suspect, Earl C. Orr, 59, of Phillipsville, Ca., had been in possession of a firearm , and was present with the Victim just prior to the shooting. After the shooting, Orr abruptly left the scene.
On 04-26-2015, at about 7:30 A.M., Deputies served a search warrant at Orr’s residence in Phillipsville. Deputies located Orr at his residence and he was taken into custody. Deputies also seized several firearms from Orr’s residence. Orr was later taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and booked for the charge of Homicide. Orr’s bail was set at $1,000,000.00.
The name of the Victim is not being released at this time.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.