Double Murder Victims Identified

Authorities have identified the victims of the homicides which occurred in Graham County on Thursday.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the victims were 52-year-old Efren Mascarenas, Sr. of Penokee, and 28-year-old Christin Cantrell of Penokee. Both were living at the home where they were found.

Efren was the father of 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas, Jr. who police sought as a person of interest in the homicides, and who was later found deceased. Christin was his step-sister.

The preliminary autopsy of Efren Mascarenas, Jr. revealed he likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An investigation is ongoing



ORIGINAL: Authorities are investigating three deaths in Graham County.

According to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, along with the Graham County Sheriff’s Office, they are investigating the murders of two individuals which occurred Thursday in Graham County.

At around 3:30 in the afternoon Thursday a 911 call was made to the Graham County Sheriff’s Office. When first responders arrived at an address in the rural community of Penokee. A Hispanic male and a white female were found deceased.

Investigators identified 29-year-old Efren Mascarenas, Jr  as a subject of interest. During a search by area law enforcement, Mascarenas was located deceased Thursday night in northeast Graham County.

The Hill City Police Department, the Kansas Highway Patrol, and several other area law enforcement agencies have assisted in this case.