2011 Homicide Arrest
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2011 Homicide Arrest
For Immediate Release: November 02, 2016
Contact: Captain Tracy Avelar, (650) 286-3300, tavelar@fostercity.org

Detectives from the Foster City Police Department and Investigators from the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office, San Bernadino County Sheriffs Office and Probation Department arrested David Mitchell, 28, of Fontana and Willie Gary Venable, 61, of San Bernadino yesterday for the murder of Klaus Gachter. Gachter was found deceased on December 16, 2011.

On December 16, 2011 about 3:11 pm, the Foster City Police Department received a report of a man who appeared deceased inside a residence in the 600 block of Waterbury Lane in Foster City. Upon arrival officers located one adult male deceased at the scene. The man was later identified as 71 year-old Klaus Gachter.

This case has been actively investigated since 2011. Foster City detectives relentlessly followed up on every lead and through a long complex investigation, the two suspects were identified. The Police Department believed at the time of the crime that this was not a random act of violence. The suspects arrested were acquainted with the victim.

The Police Department is not releasing details of this crime at this time so as not to jeopardize its investigation and ultimate prosecution of the person or persons responsible for this murder.

Tip Line: (650) 286-3323

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200