Murder in Sacramento |

Murder in Sacramento

Robert Stern, Tribune

A former El Dorado County airport director and his wife were found shot to death in their home outside of Sacramento Tuesday night.

Sacramento Sheriff’s detectives have arrested 20-year-old Ryan Peter Kanawyer, the victims’ grandson, who is also the nephew of Sacramento Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Boyes.

Peter Boyes, 76, and his wife Marilyn, 73, were both shot in the head in their exclusive, gated-community home in Rancho Murieta.

“There is no question, it is a bizarre set of circumstances with a pretty disturbing outcome,” said Sgt. James Lewis, sheriff’s media officer.

Lewis cited robbery as the motive.

“There is nothing that suggests drugs were involved,” he said.

A toxicology report was done, but results are confidential, Lewis said.

Kanawyer was on a “no access list,” to his grandparents’ Rancho Murieta community, but he used another family member’s name to enter through the guard station, a press release stated.

On Monday, Jan. 29 at 8:20 p.m., Kanawyer allegedly entered the house by kicking in a back door. He was armed with a shotgun.

The release states Kanawyer confronted Boyes and shot him in the head, leaving his body on the stairs. When his grandmother came out of the bedroom he shot her in the head. The bodies were discovered at about 6 p.m. Tuesday night by a furniture delivery man, who was delivering new furniture to the home.

Lewis said Kanawyer made an unsuccessful attempt to steal his grandfather’s Lincoln Town Car, which was parked in the garage. He allegedly stole his grandfather’s wallet, and there is evidence he may have stolen other items from the house.

Kanawyer was dropped off by car at the Rancho Murieta community by friends, who, according to Sheriff’s reports, had no knowledge of the crime. A sheriff’s department press release read Kanawyer discarded his weapon after the crime and before he was picked up by friends, who were returning from a nearby convenience store. Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the weapon.

Peter Boyes was on the El Dorado County Airport Commission from 1976 to 1979. He served in the Air Force from 1943 until 1972 and was honorably discharged with the rank of colonel. He was also an original member of the South Lake Tahoe chapter of The Retired Officers Association and wrote an abundance of opinion letters to local newspapers.

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