Sonoma County sheriff's investigators have released surveillance photos of two men they believe accompanied a triple-homicide suspect from Colorado to Sonoma County before the Feb. 5 slayings.
The two men, captured in surveillance photos from a St. Helena Chevron station the day before the killings, also were pictured with slaying suspect Mark William Cappello at other gas stations across the western states, Sonoma County sheriff's Lt. Dennis O'Leary said.
The two associates, described as "persons of interest," had a gold Ford Ranger pickup with a king cab and camper shell that also was caught on surveillance tape, O'Leary said. The truck is probably an early 1990s model.
Detectives have been showing the pictures around the Central City, Colo., area where Cappello lives, O'Leary said.
Authorities hope someone may know something about the pair or the vehicle to help investigators determine if they were involved in the Forestville homicides, believed to be the result of a marijuana deal that went bad.
Investigators also have obtained surveillance footage from Sebastopol's HopMonk Tavern from the night before the killings, owner Dean Biersch said. But he said he did not know any of the details and could not confirm rumors that Cappello and the three victims may have dined together there.
"Nobody's told us what they found or what they were looking for even," Biersch said.
O'Leary would not confirm that the tapes had been sought.
Cappello, 46, already is in custody after his arrest last week near Mobile, Ala., about an hour west of the Florida panhandle.
During a brief court hearing Tuesday morning he appeared "quiet and somber," with no emotion on his face even when informed he was wanted on three counts of murder, Assistant Mobile County District Attorney Geoff Alexander said.
There appeared to be no friends or family members in the courtroom for Cappello, he said.