San Mateo County sheriffs deputies investigated two fatal stabbings on Skyline Boulevard that were discovered on June 17 and 18, 2019.

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Second Homicide Discovered In 2 Days On Same Rural Road

June 19, 2019 - 9:01 am
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Authorities in San Mateo are investigating two fatal stabbings that may be linked and were discovered along a wooded section of Skyline Boulevard on Monday and Tuesday. 

The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said it has not determined yet if the two homicides are connected, although a suspect believed to be involved in at least the most recent attack was taken into custody. 

"Both homicides happened within close proximity of each other and both victims died from multiple stab wounds," the sheriff's department statement said. "Investigators are actively looking into a connection between the two homicides."

Part of Skyline Boulevard was closed to traffic on Wednesday morning while law enforcement combed the area. 

"It's scary, especially considering how close it is to my house," said a neighbor who declined to share her name. 

The investigation began Monday night when a sheriff's deputy found a "deceased man in a dirt area" west of Skyline Boulevard, according to the sheriff's department press release. The victim's identity has not been revealed. 

Authorities deployed SWAT teams, tracking dogs, a helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft as part of their search for evidence.

About 24 hours later, deputies said they found another man with multiple stab wounds crying for help and "lying on the ground in a turnout of Skyline Boulevard."

This second victim, who also has not been named by authorities, died at the scene from the wounds. 

Police said they spotted a driver fleeing the area at the same time. A deputy fired at the suspect as he allegedly drove toward the victim and deputies. The gunfire did not hit the suspect, but he careened off the road into a ditch, the sheriff's office statement said. 

The murder suspect, who also has not been publicly named, was taken into custody and is receiving treatment for a cut on his arm. 

Holly Quan contributed reporting.