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The following article was posted on August 30th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 5 [ Submit a Story ]
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One in custody following suspected Cambria murder


Foul play is suspected in Cambria, where sheriff’s deputies found the body of resident Tyler Daniel Hanks.

The 20-year-old was initially reported missing at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 26 but was found roughly eight hours later on a property near his home on Leighton Street, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

Investigators searched the area and found enough “suspicious” evidence at the scene to declare the death a homicide.

Officials say it appeared to be an isolated incident.

During the investigation, a resident of the home, Brandon Noble Henslee, 24, was arrested for a parole violation. Authorities have not named him as a suspect in the alleged murder.

As of press time, Henslee remained in San Luis Obispo County Jail on an undisclosed amount of bail.

A source close to the family who wished to remain anonymous told New Times that Henslee and Hanks are brothers and that Hanks has been charged with taking care of Henslee ever since he was released from Atascadero State Hospital.

Court records show that Henslee has been in and out of court for 10 separate charges since 2008. An 11-month gap exists in the records, between a burglary that took place in June of 2011 and a request for release from ASH that was filed in May by attorney Jim Royer and approved by Superior Court Judge John Trice. Henslee’s felony burglary charge was reduced to a misdemeanor considering time served.

Royer could not be reached as of press time.

The neighbor told New Times that the residence has long been a “troublesome spot” on Leighton Street, that people would come and go frequently and the sheriff’s deputies have been called to the house on multiple occasions.

Excluding the current case, dispatch records confirmed four contacts with the house since January, but details about the calls weren’t immediately available.

An autopsy was performed on Hanks’ body Aug. 29, but results won’t be available for at least four weeks. Even then, investigators could withhold the cause of death until the case goes to trial, according to Sheriff’s Department Spokesman Tony Cipolla.