Missing man’s body found

Chicoan William Kohnke had been missing since January; his death has been ruled a homicide

Butte County Sheriff’s deputies responded on Sunday (March 26) to Lone Pine Road, off of Chico River Road, after a caller reported finding a body in Little Chico Creek. The body was that of 33-year-old William Kohnke (pictured), from Chico. Based on evidence discovered at the scene, Kohnke’s death has been ruled a homicide, according to a BCSO press release.

A GoFundMe account was started to pay for a private investigator after Kohnke’s disappearance. According to the site, Kohnke, who leaves behind an unborn child, was last seen Jan. 10 near Cocina Cortez with two other men, one riding a motorcycle and wearing a helmet with a mohawk on it and the other “on foot.”

An autopsy is being conducted to determine cause of death. Anyone with information regarding the case should contact Detective Jim Beller at 538-7671.