Alibi check: Mark Eldridge
YCSD investigators interviewed the friends Mark Eldridge said were hiking with him the day he found the victim's body.
The witnesses, whose statements are provided below in summary and not verbatim, were questioned about Mark Eldridge's whereabouts on that morning from the time they convened until the time when Mr. Eldridge found the body.
Mr. Hanson said he and the others met Mr. Eldridge around 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 9th to go hiking.
Hanson said the men chatted for a few minutes and then separated. Hanson said he later heard someone or something running through the woods and saw Eldridge in the distance running toward his vehicle. Hanson said, when he heard the sirens a few minutes later, he also returned to the area where the men had parked.
Hanson said, when he arrived at the parking area, Eldridge told him that he had called 911 because he had found a body in the woods.
Hanson said he did not see the body himself, and when shown a photograph of the victim, said he did not recognize her.
Hanson estimated that Eldridge was out of his sight for 20-30 minutes and said he believes that Eldridge would not have had enough time to kill the victim.
Hanson said he did not see anyone other than the members of his hunting party in the vicinity that day until YCSD officers arrived.