Authorities arrest 2 after Simi Valley girl found dead

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Members of the Madera County Search and Rescue unit search for the body of Tara Shannon Maguire.

contributed pHOTO/MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Members of the Madera County Search and Rescue unit search for the body of Tara Shannon Maguire.

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Scott Jacob Mason

contributed pHOTO/MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Scott Jacob Mason

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Jacob Banaga

contributed PHOTO/MADERA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Jacob Banaga

Two men were arrested on suspicion of child cruelty after authorities found the body of a 17-year-old Simi Valley girl in a stream in the Sierra National Forest.

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office said search-and-rescue crews found the body of Tara Shannon Maguire, of Simi Valley, late Monday near the Rock Creek Campground.

Deputies said the girl’s two companions, Scott Jacob Mason, 20, of Simi Valley, and Jacob Patrick Banaga, 18, of Visalia, were facing felony charges after their arrests early Tuesday.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child and booked into the Madera County Jail about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Searchers said they found the Maguire’s body late Monday submerged in a stream near Rock Creek Campground in the Sierra National Forest.

Deputies learned of the case after getting a call shortly after noon Monday from someone who had run out of gas over the weekend. The person told deputies his party had no food or water.

Searchers found Banaga and Mason about 4:30 p.m. They discovered that Maguire had been traveling with Banaga and Mason and had vanished 24 hours earlier.

Searchers found Maguire’s body about 10:30 p.m. Monday but had to wait to recover her body until daybreak Tuesday because the area is steep with rugged terrain.

Authorities say both men acknowledged being on a multiday methamphetamine binge, and search crews quickly found Maguire’s body in a nearby creek.

Investigators are determining how she died.

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archtmf writes:

So who is going to deny that these two methed up rocket scientists are every bit as ugly looking and evil as any creep that commits a crime in Oxnard?

Crime happens everywhere. Maybe in higher numbers (but NOT at a higher rate based on population numbers) in Oxnard, but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me directly. The kind of murder like what happened to this poor 17 year old girl does not happen in Oxnard at any higher rate than it happens in Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks, or Camarillo, or Ventura, or Ojai.

Traditional-2 writes:

in response to archtmf:

So who is going to deny that these two methed up rocket scientists are every bit as ugly looking and evil as any creep that commits a crime in Oxnard?

Crime happens everywhere. Maybe in higher numbers (but NOT at a higher rate based on population numbers) in Oxnard, but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me directly. The kind of murder like what happened to this poor 17 year old girl does not happen in Oxnard at any higher rate than it happens in Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks, or Camarillo, or Ventura, or Ojai.

The young men murdered her? You know that because . . . ? Could she have OD-ed? Slipped while hiking?

sionygriffith#401167 writes:

Child cruelty? Isn't murder a bit more appropriate?

Hopper writes:

in response to archtmf:

So who is going to deny that these two methed up rocket scientists are every bit as ugly looking and evil as any creep that commits a crime in Oxnard?

Crime happens everywhere. Maybe in higher numbers (but NOT at a higher rate based on population numbers) in Oxnard, but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me directly. The kind of murder like what happened to this poor 17 year old girl does not happen in Oxnard at any higher rate than it happens in Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks, or Camarillo, or Ventura, or Ojai.

The article said they were arrested for child endangerment. Murder may have been wishful thinking on your part. You can sugar coat oxanard as not being the murder capital of Ventura County, but if you added up all the crime of the other cities in the county it still wouldn't be as high as oxanards.

OnTheOutside writes:

in response to Hopper:

The article said they were arrested for child endangerment. Murder may have been wishful thinking on your part. You can sugar coat oxanard as not being the murder capital of Ventura County, but if you added up all the crime of the other cities in the county it still wouldn't be as high as oxanards.

13 this year to be exact.

Piru_T writes:

I haven't commented on his because I am very confused and am still very confused why they are being charged with abuse when there is a death.

catmom writes:

Agreed. Interesting charges.

Cy writes:

Would it be a great loss to humanity if they were hung?

Piru_T writes:

in response to archtmf:

So who is going to deny that these two methed up rocket scientists are every bit as ugly looking and evil as any creep that commits a crime in Oxnard?

Crime happens everywhere. Maybe in higher numbers (but NOT at a higher rate based on population numbers) in Oxnard, but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me directly. The kind of murder like what happened to this poor 17 year old girl does not happen in Oxnard at any higher rate than it happens in Simi Valley, or Thousand Oaks, or Camarillo, or Ventura, or Ojai.

Agreed that these creatures do look every bit the part of being a couple of methed up dirt bags, you won't get much of an argument there from hardly anyone in Simi.

I do have to ask what the heck are you saying,

" but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me "

What?

Are you kidding?

Gang, and gang violence effects everyone in those communities,and I ask you, would you really want your kids influenced by gangs, or lets say Police or a Teacher or successful businessman or woman or Engineer person of a skilled trade?

You as so many flippantly disregard gangs as a problem, when in fact they represent a majority of the crime in the West County, including murder, drugs and prostitution not just in those communities, but others countywide as well.

The other issue I would like to point out as to the differences of lets say in Oxnard or Santa Paula or much of the west county is that by condoning gangs and silence, those communities in the west county are condoning murder, drugs, prostitution and death by unnatural illnesses as well as a poor educational environment.

If you want to live in a community that tolerates gangs, drugs, lawlessness and most importantly illegal immigration, you will get violence, drugs, juvenile delinquency and despair as your neighbors, that is the truth.

So as long as "Silence" is the rule in those communities, you will reap what you sew !

I for one will not live in a community that tolerates this and neither should those who live in gang infested areas as well, and as far as murder in the East County goes?

The statistics speak for themselves.

OnTheOutside writes:

in response to Piru_T:

I haven't commented on his because I am very confused and am still very confused why they are being charged with abuse when there is a death.

It is because they are of adult age and she was a minor. Given they did not directly cause her death (homicide) yet allowed harm to come to her it's considered "abuse". Most likely nothing will become of it. Pray goes out to the family.

Piru_T writes:

in response to OnTheOutside:

It is because they are of adult age and she was a minor. Given they did not directly cause her death (homicide) yet allowed harm to come to her it's considered "abuse". Most likely nothing will become of it. Pray goes out to the family.

Thanks Outside,

But we still don't haven't heard what happened as of yet as the cause of death.

Hopefully this was just an accident and nothing else, but seems to be very strange.

I concur with you on sending our prayers.

archtmf writes:

Piru-T wrote: "You as so many flippantly disregard gangs as a problem, when in fact they represent a majority of the crime in the West County, including murder, drugs and prostitution not just in those communities, but others countywide as well.

The other issue I would like to point out as to the differences of lets say in Oxnard or Santa Paula or much of the west county is that by condoning gangs and silence, those communities in the west county are condoning murder, drugs, prostitution and death by unnatural illnesses as well as a poor educational environment."

The "communities in the west county" as you call them in your blanket statement don't "condone" those activities anymore than the communities of the east county condone the out of control meth and heroin use by their young people (such as these two accused). I never said gangs were not a problem, just that they don't directly operate in the areas I live, shop, or recreate. There are no easy answers, and every community is doing the best they can to solve their own particular problems.

Oxnard's biggest problem is that there are too many poor and uneducated that don't know how to get out of generations of bad decisions and bad behavior, and it self perpetuates, but that's not to say that EVERY resident here is like that, or that EVERY location here is plagued by that. But there is a constant undercurrent of scorn and hatred for everything Oxnard by folks in neighboring communities, born of ignorance, or racism, or whatever, but it's there. And it's personified by flippant remarks from Hopper and others who can't wait to come on here and make stupid, snide remarks on every single story that has anything to do with Oxnard, and some stories that don't have anything to do with Oxnard, regardless of the subject matter. Even if the story subject is about something completely positive and having nothing to do with crime, or gangs, or anything negative, Hopper is usually the first to post and it's always totally negative. So look at your own communities - no place is perfect.

Piru_T writes:

in response to archtmf:

Piru-T wrote: "You as so many flippantly disregard gangs as a problem, when in fact they represent a majority of the crime in the West County, including murder, drugs and prostitution not just in those communities, but others countywide as well.

The other issue I would like to point out as to the differences of lets say in Oxnard or Santa Paula or much of the west county is that by condoning gangs and silence, those communities in the west county are condoning murder, drugs, prostitution and death by unnatural illnesses as well as a poor educational environment."

The "communities in the west county" as you call them in your blanket statement don't "condone" those activities anymore than the communities of the east county condone the out of control meth and heroin use by their young people (such as these two accused). I never said gangs were not a problem, just that they don't directly operate in the areas I live, shop, or recreate. There are no easy answers, and every community is doing the best they can to solve their own particular problems.

Oxnard's biggest problem is that there are too many poor and uneducated that don't know how to get out of generations of bad decisions and bad behavior, and it self perpetuates, but that's not to say that EVERY resident here is like that, or that EVERY location here is plagued by that. But there is a constant undercurrent of scorn and hatred for everything Oxnard by folks in neighboring communities, born of ignorance, or racism, or whatever, but it's there. And it's personified by flippant remarks from Hopper and others who can't wait to come on here and make stupid, snide remarks on every single story that has anything to do with Oxnard, and some stories that don't have anything to do with Oxnard, regardless of the subject matter. Even if the story subject is about something completely positive and having nothing to do with crime, or gangs, or anything negative, Hopper is usually the first to post and it's always totally negative. So look at your own communities - no place is perfect.

Your calling me Flippant when you made this statement,

" but most of the murders in Oxnard are perpetrated on young male gang bangers by other young male gang bangers who all know each other, and therefore do not affect you or me "

Now if there is a flippant statement, it your own words, not mine.

My view is absolute anger about gangs and violence that is at an increase and the fact that no one seems to care enough within many of the communities to take a stand and the code of silence within those communities is what I am questioning.

Say all you want, but the facts are that in the east county, you will not find communities that are controlled by gangs like there are so many of in Oxnard, Santa Paula and several other small communities in the West County.

Now I do understand the increase of Meth and Heroine in the east county is a huge problem and if you have read some of my posts you will find that I have been very critical of SVPD and the school district over burying their heads in the sand for years now, so yes your absolutely correct and I am in no way trying to deflect the problems in the east county by shifting the focus to the west counties gang problem.

I also am in no way defending these dirt bags, but am reserving my statements until we know what happened, because instill am confused as to what happened.

My post was simply in disagreement with your statement that gangs don't effect you, but someone else, which is why I replied to you in the first place.

Believe me I am very upset with what is going on in Oxnard and it is getting worse which effects the entire county because of the influx of drugs through the gangs in Oxnard because the problem of gangs is out of control out there

I have long been someone who likes Oxnard, and have the highest respect for the officers that serve that community, and have been very upset with how badly Oxnard has deteriorated in so many ways since the 1970's when it was a very cool and diverse community and you should be concerned about that as well, especially if you live in Oxnard.

Mina writes:

If anyone is wondering why Simi Valley has such a high number of addicted kids, it may be related to Supervisor Peter Foy's son, Jr and his activities.

http://www.vcsd.org/press-release.php...

OnTheOutside writes:

in response to Mina:

If anyone is wondering why Simi Valley has such a high number of addicted kids, it may be related to Supervisor Peter Foy's son, Jr and his activities.

http://www.vcsd.org/press-release.php...

It's obvious you are not smart enough to know the difference in drugs. Foy Jr. was moving Oxycodone. These kids were on meth. Who pays you to post on this site with such nonsense? Clearly just a hatred of anything to the right of an extreme left position. Really sad.

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