On 11-23-2020 at approximately 3:30 PM a bystander located the bodies of two deceased persons along Hulls Valley Road in a remote area Northeast of Covelo?s valley floor.

Sheriff?s Detectives responded to the location and confirmed the existence of the two deceased bodies.

Due to pending darkness, the Sheriff?s Detectives processed the scene the following day with the assistance of the California Department of Justice Eureka crime lab and investigators with the Mendocino County District Attorney?s Office.

On 11-27-2020 a forensic autopsy was performed on the bodies at which time they were identified as being Kyle James McCartney and Traci Lynn Bland.

An official cause of death for both individuals is pending at this time but Sheriff?s Detectives are investigating their deaths as being homicide related.

Sheriff?s Detectives are continuing investigations at this time and are working closely with the Mendocino County District Attorney?s Office in identifying suspect(s) and potential charging/prosecution related to McCartney and Bland?s deaths.

No additional information is available for release at this time due to the Sheriff?s Detectives ongoing investigations.

Once additional information becomes available, it will be disseminated via Mendocino County Sheriff?s Office press release.

The Sheriff?s Office would like to thank the following public safety agencies for their assistance in this ongoing investigation:

Mendocino County District Attorney?s Office, Round Valley Tribal Police Department, California Department of Justice Eureka crime lab and the California Department of Justice Santa Rosa crime lab.

Covelo resident Joseph Hoaglen is facing criminal charges, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm in connection to the disappearance of Traci Bland and Kyle McCartney, says Mendocino County Sheriff Office?s Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten.

Traci Bland and Kyle McCartney were said to have been attacked on November 19 after arrival at an Oak Lane property in Covelo. Four days later, two bodies were discovered alongside Hulls Valley Road. Captain Van Patten told us, ?The bodies were confirmed as being an adult male and female.? He added, ?[T]he male was identified as being Kyle and the female still remains unidentifiable at this time.?

Regarding the charging of Joseph Hoaglen in connection with the deaths, Captain Van Patten said, ?Detectives believe they had enough probable cause for the additional charges at this point, and the DA will have the ultimate decision on if charges will be filed.?

Details provided within the Mendocino County Sheriff?s Booking Logs indicate deputies booked Joseph Hoaglen into the Mendocino County Jail on November 22. The charges he faces were listed in the following days.

Charges against Hoaglen described in the Mendocino County Sheriff?s Bookings include kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

In December 2018, the Mendocino County Sheriff?s Office featured Hoaglen in their ?Warrant Wednesday? post describing him as being wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats.

In January 2018, Hoaglen faced charges of robbery and vehicle theft.

In March of 2017, Hoaglen was stopped by MCSO deputies while driving in Round Valley, and a record check indicated he had outstanding warrants for second-degree robbery and use of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Mendocino County Sheriff?s Office asks to hear from ?anyone with specific information? about the crimes committed against Bland and McCartney. If you have any information about this case please call the Sheriff?s Office Communications line at 707-463-4086 or the Tip line at 707-234-2100.