Woman charged with zip-tying man’s neck, leaving him to die in motor home



Woman charged with zip-tying man's neck, leaving him to die in motor home

MARTINEZ — A Mendocino County woman has been arrested and charged with murdering a 69-year-old man inside of his motor home in El Sobrante, a crime that wasn’t discovered for roughly a week until the victim was reported missing.

Pauline Dungan, 39, of Covelo, was charged with murdering Richard Hendrix in an April attack. Dungan faces an enhancement alleging use of a knife. Police believe robbery could have been a motive but thus far no robbery charges have been filed.

Hendrix was found dead last April 13 in his motor home, parked on the 400 block of Appian Way in El Sobrante. His killer beat him in the head with a blunt object, knocking him unconscious, then strangled him with zip ties and left them affixed to his throat.

Police believe he was killed on April 6, but his body wasn’t discovered until a week later when his landlord called police reporting Hendrix had been missing for several days. Hendrix’s body had random items from inside the motor home stacked on top of it, authorities said.

A Volvo Hendrix drove was also missing from the area but was located in San Pablo five days after the homicide. A witness told police they had seen Dungan driving the vehicle, and Dungan claimed she bought it from him. Another witness allegedly told police that Dungan had made remarks about how Hendrix was not going to be around much longer, before the homicide.

Police say Dungan and another man purchased zip ties from a local hardware store in late March, and that DNA tests showed Dungan had touched the zip ties found on Hendrix’s neck. Days after the killing, someone attempted to withdraw money from Hendrix’s bank account but was unsuccessful.

Dungan was arrested last month in Lane County, Oregon and spent several weeks in jail there pending extradition to Contra Costa County. Last week, detectives with the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office brought her down to the Bay Area.

She is scheduled to be arraigned before Judge Rebecca Hardie on Wednesday. Dungan is being held in jail in lieu of $1 million bail, records show.

Anyone with information can contact the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division at 925-313-2600. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.


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