2 arrested in Pacific County for Murder charges

A Pacific County woman and her boyfriend killed her grandmother, and told an elaborate story to cover it up.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office told KXRO that on November 12, they received a call from Katherine Chace saying that she and her children had been kidnapped by a man at knife point from her home in Long Beach.

Chace said that the man forced his way into her home and took her gun.

She said that she and her children were taken to a vehicle outside, while the man went back inside the home.

She said she heard 2 shots, and the man came out and drove the mother and her children to Loomis Lake State Park on the Long Beach peninsula, where the man tossed her car keys into the bushes and escaped into the woods with her gun.

That’s when she called 911.

Deputies and officers from several locations searched the home and found 64 year old Paula Rice dead in an upstairs bedroom.

K-9 units were used to search the Loomis Lake area, but no suspect was found.

While investigating, officers found that the story being told by the woman and the children was not making sense, and after searching the home they found that no kidnapping occurred.

Chace eventually admitted to detectives that she was the one who shot her 64 year old grandmother while she slept, using the story of the kidnapping to cover up the murder.

According to PCSO, Chace told detectives that she and her boyfriend Paul Rankin had been planning to kill her father and grandmother for a month or more, but said that after she killed the woman, she couldn’t go through with murdering her father.

Chace admitted to throwing the gun used in the murder into the bushes near Loomis Lake, near where Rankin was camping in the forest.

Chace and Rankin are being held at the Pacific County Jail for charges of Murder in the first degree.

Both have bail set at one million dollars apiece.

The investigation is active and ongoing.



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