Couple’s murder linked to June disappearance

A man and his wife found dead by the side of Highway 395 in Mono County may have been involved in a $400,000 marijuana transaction involving the June disappearance of a Redding, Calif., man.

Mono County Sheriff’s investigators identified Burbank, Calif., couple William Adrian Larsen, 35, and Yesenia Larsen, 30, as the people found dead along Highway 395 10 miles north of Bridgeport on Monday.

The investigation resulted in a 19-hour closure of Highway 395 between Bridgeport and Sonora Junction on Monday.

William Larsen is one of the men listed by the mother of the missing Redding man as involved in the marijuana deal.

Jered Stefansky has been missing since June 19 when he made a trip from Redding to Mound House to allegedly pick up the money he would use to return to Redding where he would use it to buy marijuana.

Stefansky’s mother, Sheila Sharpe, confirmed to The Record-Courier on Thursday that Larsen and her son were involved in the transaction.

She was interviewed by video blogger Jason Hebert on Sept. 27.

Sharpe described an elaborate marijuana transportation network that started with a person in Pennsylvania sending cash to Larsen in Mound House where Stefansky would pick it up. Stefansky would then travel back to Redding with the cash to purchase the marijuana from his soures.

She said Larsen would then travel to Redding to pick up the marijuana and then mail it back to Pennsylvania.

She learned her son was missing when he didn’t show up for appointments with his connections in Redding.

She contacted authorities in both Redding and Lyon County but said they haven’t received any information.

Stefansky didn’t take his passport and he had a significant amount of cash in his safe when she checked his home.

For more information on Stefansky’s disappearance, visit the Finding Jered Stefansky Facebook page.


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