Released: August 16, 2017 - Wednesday, 04:48 PM

Suspicious Death Update

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date and time of incident: 8-15-17, Approximately 2:30 PMPlace of Occurrence: 100 block of F Street, CayucosVictim Information: Adult MaleSuspect Information: Darwin Keith Alaskari, 59, Transient from the Bakersfield area Sherrie Lynn Boggess, 50, Transient from the Bakersfield areaThe Sheriff's Office is releasing new information regarding a suspicious death incident on 8-15-17 in the 100 block of F Street in Cayucos. Deputies had made contact with the occupants of a vehicle parked in the wrong direction and noticed a strong odor coming from the back of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, a body was discovered in the back cargo area of the SUV.
The occupants of the vehicle have now been identified as 59-year-old Darwin Keith Alaskari, his wife 50-year-old Sherrie Lynn Boggess and their 13-year-old daughter. The decedent is not being identified at this time because next of kin have not been notified.
Sheriff's Detectives determined the couple was in the process of transporting a dead body in the back of their SUV. The reason for that has yet to be determined. The preliminary investigation indicates Alaskari and Boggess were longtime acquaintances of the decedent. Both Alaskari and Boggess have ties to the local area but it's not known the exact reason why they were in Cayucos at that time.
During the course of the investigation information was obtained that had placed the 13-year-old juvenile in a dangerous situation: 1) being in close proximity to decomposing human remains and 2) illegal narcotics and paraphernalia were readily accessible to the juvenile. As a result, both Alaskari and Boggess were arrested for felony child endangerment and misdemeanor warrants. The 13-year-old girl has been turned over to Child Welfare Services.
An autopsy was conducted today. The cause of death is pending.
The investigation is on-going. No further information is available at this time.