November 25, 2014
Arrest Made in Angelica Weems Murder
Oroville, CA- Butte County Sheriff Detectives have arrested Zir Ion Weems (age 29), from Chico, CA for the murder of his wife, Angelica Weems. Angelica’s body was recovered in a sandbar on the east side of the Sacramento River near Ord Bend, CA on October 5, 2014. Angelica was reported missing by her family in September, 2014 to the Willows Police Department. Zir had posted bail on a Glenn County case and immediately arrested prior to leaving the jail by Butte County Sheriff’s detectives and transported to the Butte County Jail, Oroville. Zir is being held without bail.
See previous media releases below.
Body Found Near Butte/Glenn County Line
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Felony Investigations Unit was called out to investigate the discovery of human remains today, October 5, 2014. At approximately 10:52 AM, Family members of Angelica Weems (age 23) notified authorities that they had discovered what appeared to be human remains in an area on the east side of the Sacramento River south of Ord Ferry Road. The family was looking in the area because it was a place where Angelica Weems had been known to frequent.
Law Enforcement Officers from Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, Willows Police Department, Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded to the scene. It was determined that the Butte County Sheriff’s Office would be the primary investigating agency for the scene where the body was found.
At this point in the investigation, the identification of the person is unknown. The remains were determined to be an adult female. Identification of the remains will be attempted as soon as possible and the autopsy conducted later this week.
The remains located along Sacramento River have been positively identified as Angelica Weems from Chico, CA. Weems’ death has been ruled a homicide and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office is working with the Willows Police Department in this investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the death of Angelica Weems is encouraged to contact Detective Ryan Gsell at 530-538-7671.