No leads in murder of Francis “Pat” Gregory


Lieutenant Yvette Borden, a spokesman for the Tehama County (California) Sheriff’s Office, said yesterday that there are no new leads in the investigation into the robbery and murder of Francis “Pat” Gregory.

Late Friday morning, on May 16, Mr. Gregory, 69, and his hiking companion, a 76-year-old male friend from the small nearby town of Manton, were not far from the trailhead just off heavily traveled Highway 36E when they encountered the man who robbed and then shot them.

Tehama County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a white Chevrolet Silverado that they said might be linked to the May 16 murder.

Lt. Borden, in an email to The Times Wednesday, said, “I have no new news. We are still looking for the vehicle and the driver as a person of interest. This person has not yet been identified.”

Ms. Borden said the surviving victim is still stable.

Police have not identified the man out of concern for his security and safety.

Last week, police released a sketch of the suspect and upped a reward for his arrest and subsequent prosecution and conviction from $1,500 to $5,000.