Moving….Or Moving On?

Tony McClung, 35, was reportedly busy with preparing for a move to Oregon. He had not lived in the home long, his girlfriend had lived there for about a year, but he had only moved in a few months before.

Someone who arrived at the home to buy a used car engine on Fri. night asked after the girlfriend and was told that she had choked on a piece of meat and died. He then went to sheriff’s deputies and told them.

Deputies who arrived at the home about 2 am on Saturday morning knocked on the door and got no response. They drew their weapons and entered the home and found McClung and a younger relative sitting on a side porch. Police told the men they had received a report of a homicide and both men answered that no one else was home. Both men were taken into custody and taken to the police station.

During a search of the home police reportedly found a machine gun in the bedroom and blasting caps on a kitchen counter. They also found signs of a struggle, and several stains that were being analysed for traces of blood. A U-Haul was found parked on a dirt path behind the home.

In a rear bedroom of the home, police found a body. Reportedly it was wrapped in cellophane and secured with duct tape then covered with a blanket.

Police say that McClung told them that his girlfriend had been dead for about 10 days. Reportedly he told them she had choked on a piece of meat and died. They say that it is unclear what he had planned to do with the body, but that he had planned for leave for Oregon on Saturday. After 4 hours of questioning, police arrested McClung on the charge of first degree murder. Police say that the younger relative did not have an active role in the death and he was released.

Police have not released the identity of the victim. And they say they did not have any previous reports of domestic violence at the home. The investigation is continuing.


The woman has not been identified as yet. She is believed to have been dead for a week or more. Though McClung has said that she choked on a piece of meat, investigators don’t think that is how she died but cause of death has not been released as yet. A large stain, thought to be blood was found on the carpet in the home.


Her name was Pamela Kantz, 55.



  1. soobs said,

    September 6, 2006 at 6:45 pm

    Thank goodness for the person who wanted to buy the engine! I don’t think I would have called the cops, (unless there were mannerisms that alerted me) if someone told me the person I needed to see, had died. I would have thought that weird, but not suspicious.

  2. September 6, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    I wondered about that too. Maybe it was the manner in which they discussed it, or maybe he knew other family members who hadn’t mentioned her death that made him suspicious. But according to what the media was told, he was really clear in that he told the deputies that she had been murdered.

  3. Karla said,

    March 9, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Well I feel really bad about the whole thing,.She was one of our Insureds, we insured her home in Shingle Springs. And we got a call from the Mortgage Co to open a claim on the home due to mold and damages. But we never knew the Insured had died, This really gives us the shivers. She was a good person and we never knew she had died. Until we read the cliams comments where it indicated that the insured had been shot in the home,we did our own little research and googled “Pamela Kantz” And it came up as a Wrapped body found in Shingle Springs Dead….. Oh my God!!! Im spooked.Nice lady though.She will be missed, Rest In Peace Pamela!! Love, Karla, Rob and Yvonne, Farmers Insurance Group…

  4. Steven and Mary Smith said,

    July 30, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Dear Sacramental Bee, Could you tell us anything you know about the prosecution of murderer Tony McClung. Pam Kantz is our first cousin and we are in New Hampshire. We would be interested in the process that finds justice for PAM. My husband is very distraught about the murder of his beloved cousin PAM. We have consisdered coming to California to attend . Thank you in advance for your efforts on Pams’ behalf. Best Regards, Steven and Mary Smith of Bath New Hampshire

  5. July 30, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    Smiths, I very much doubt the Sacramental Bee reads here. But if they aren’t following the story you may be able to go to the county court clerk website and see if they have public access to court records. Mostly what you will get there are the dates of pretrial hearings, trial and etc. but it is something. Not every county allows public access but some do.

  6. Arleen Diamond said,

    August 20, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I was a former co-worker of Pamela Kantz and was shocked when I found out about her death.

    I too was wondering what the outcome of this case is. Smith family, if you find out any info, would you post it here.

  7. Wendy said,

    September 2, 2007 at 4:23 am

    We have put an offer in on this house with the full knowledge of Pamela’s untimely death. Just to let your know – friends and family – while looking around the house we got an amazing sense of peace and happiness. I have found it to be such a calming place and am very hopeful to be living there soon. My heart goes out to you all.

  8. misty said,

    January 14, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Just and update on this case – apparently the police did not do such a great job while searching the property. In fact, the charges were almost dropped against the suspect due to search/seisure issues. The case is going to trial, but a new attorney has taken the defense case – she is considered high profile, as she got off a babysitter charged with shaking a baby to death this past year. Pam was a nice woman, I can only hope that justice is served. Hoping the Smith’s in New Hampshire see this.

  9. Sara said,

    January 23, 2009 at 6:24 am

    I was wondering if there were any updates to the case. I’ve tried to no avail to search, as I know as of last month, the trial finally started. If you know, could you let me know? Thanks! My heart goes out to Pamela’s family.

  10. Mary said,

    May 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I too am wondering if there are any updates on this tragedy. I grew up with Pam, and kept in touch over the years. A few years ago we were going to get together and somehow plans went wrong and we didn’t get the chance to visit. We were like sisters growing up. From kindergarten on, we did everything together. Then Pam went off to college and I joined the Navy. I have some wonderful memories of our childhood together. I just pray Pam and her loved ones get justice.

  11. Wendy said,

    June 30, 2009 at 3:39 am

    After speaking with a guard at the jail I believe that this has not gone to trial as of yet. Many delays keeps him in county rather than prison, which is what he prefers. He still says that she choked on a piece of meat. Oddly, he happens to be a model inmate. If I get any add’l information I will post it here.

  12. Barbara said,

    July 15, 2009 at 7:37 am

    HI there I knew tony his mother was with my uncle I was probably 11 years old we always thought he was weird ,also his mother was extra weird she would do anything for him,I hope he gets what he deserves,my uncle is discusted and sickened thank goodness hes not with her,may god bless the family of this woman.

  13. Bryce Kantz said,

    February 5, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Trail to start February 9th, unless (likely given a conversation with the DA today) continuation for a further undetermined time (based upon late evidence submission, likely no longer than a further month).

  14. Arleen Diamond said,

    April 1, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    Please keep us all posted on the trial. I worked with Pam and was so sad to hear about her death.

    Hugs to you and your family.

  15. Cynthia said,

    October 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    If only Pamela had found this site before her abusive boyfriends dangerous hand! I am so sorry and my prayers go out to Pamela’s children, family and friends. I hope Tony McClung rots in prison, he is a scary, evil, consciousless man. I can’t believe that our system hasn’t convicted him yet after 4 years! I also can’t believe that they didn’t look into Pam’s moms passing while in his presence! He clearly wanted this womans money

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