Former Antrim man being held in Concord jail on California murder charge
CONCORD - A former Antrim man is fighting extradition to California on a murder charge, accused of bludgeoning a man and burying his body.
Joshua Richard Ruoff, 30, formerly of New Hampshire and now of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was arrested May 23 in Concord. A body, believed to be that of victim Timothy William Sweeting, was unearthed by dog Friday near where witnesses watched Ruoff assault Sweeting with a blunt object on May 17 in Mendocino County, Calif.
Sweeting then went missing and his car was found abandoned. Police learned Ruoff had rented a U-Haul truck and left the area for the state New Hampshire, where he previously resided.
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Detectives traveled to New Hampshire on May 23 and continued investigations for two days with the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police.
Multiple search warrants were served by the New Hampshire State Police at the request of the sheriff’s detectives.
During the two days in New Hampshire additional evidence was gathered to support the belief Ruoff had murdered Sweeting.