Aleksey Leonidvich Shelest
Shelest, approximately 2016
Date reported missing : 05/18/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Squaw Valley, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 33 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Shelest disappeared from Squaw Valley, California on May 18, 2016. In March 2019, his remains were found buried forty miles east of Fresno, California, on land owned by Buford King.
The following month, the bodies of two other missing men, Donnie Lee and Alberto Contreras, were also located. Lee's body was found on the same property as Shelest's body was, and Contreras's body was found on land in Visalia, California where King had previously lived. Contreras disappeared in 2011 and Lee disappeared in 2016.
King has been charged with all three murders, and police believe there could be other victims as well.
Other information and links : ncy
Fresno County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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