A man and a woman have been arrested after a person missing since 2018 was found dismembered in a lake at a San Luis Obispo County golf course, officials said Tuesday.

The remains were discovered Monday by a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office dive team at a Nipomo golf course in the 1400 block of Golf Course Lane, officials said in a news release.

Authorities said the victim was missing since 2018, when the homicide likely occurred, but did not release the person’s identity. It is unclear how the person died.

Santa Maria residents Kimberly Machleit, 35 and Donald Anderson, 37, were arrested early Tuesday after detectives served a warrant in the 2200 block of Professional Parkway.

Machleit was booked on suspicion of murder with special circumstances and conspiracy, and is being held on $2 million bail, officials said.

Anderson was booked on suspicion of accessary to murder and is being held on $1 million bail.

Though the investigation is ongoing, officials believe the victim was killed in Santa Maria in December 2018, dismembered and eventually disposed of at the golf course.

“The suspects and the victim knew each other and this was not a random act,” officials said without elaborating.

Anyone with additional information about the killing can call the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 805-681-4171 or visit SBSheriff.org.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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