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Police Name 3 Transients as Possible Murder Victims

Times Staff Writer

Authorities released the names Wednesday of three missing San Francisco transients listed among the 19 potential victims of suspected mass murderers Leonard T. Lake and Charles C. Ng.

San Francisco Police Department spokeswoman Carri Lucas identified them as Randy Jacobson, 35; Maurice Rock, 38, and Cheryl Okoro, 26, who lived together in the Haight-Ashbury District.

The three are on a list of 19 missing persons linked to Lake and Ng by police. Authorities also have linked three dead people--a San Francisco disc jockey and two unidentified men--to the pair.

Lake, 39, died June 6 while in police custody, an apparent suicide by poison. Ng, 24, is still at large and is the target of an international manhunt.

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Meanwhile, investigators continued digging Wednesday around a dog pen at a Calaveras County cabin site where a decomposing body was recovered Tuesday. Lake lived for about two years in the remote cabin, which was owned by his former wife, Claralyn

(Cricket) Balazs.

George Porovich, the chief deputy coroner, disputed an FBI official in San Francisco who on Tuesday tentatively identified the latest find as the remains of Charles D. Gunnar, 36, of Morgan Hill, who was best man at Lake’s 1981 wedding to Balazs and who is listed among the 19 potential victims. Lake, who was divorced from Balazs in 1982, was known to have used Gunnar’s name as an alias in Calaveras County.

No Identification Offered

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Porovich said the body does not resemble Gunnar, a heavyset former postman, but he did not offer any further identification. The body, which was sent to San Francisco on Wednesday morning, should be “easier to identify” than the remains of five other people found at the site because “this one is intact,” he said.

In addition to those human remains, authorities have recovered more than 20 pounds of charred bone fragments from the 2 1/2-acre site and more than 700 pieces of evidence.

In the wake of the latest discovery, authorities have broadened the scope of their digging to include any area of the cabin grounds where plant cover “is less than 3 years old,” according to Calaveras County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Stenquist.


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