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Reno man arrested on suspicion of murdering woman near Truckee

Liz Kellar
lkellar@theunion.com
Maurice Di Aundra Rogers

NEVADA COUNTY, Calif. — A Reno man has been arrested in the murder of a woman whose body was found dumped off Interstate 80 near Truckee on April 4.

Fire and medical personnel responded to a call at about 6:20 a.m. that morning of a body in the road under the interstate overpass at Farad Road, finding a black female adult dead in the roadway.

The woman was identified as Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno, and the cause of death has been ruled to be gunshot wounds.

Detectives believe Spruell-Jones was killed that morning, but are still determining whether she was shot where she was found or dumped there.

“We literally have been working around the clock,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Jakobs Sunday, adding that the Major Crimes Unit has been working very closely with the Reno Police Department. “Shortly after we identified the victim, we identified a person of interest.”

The suspect, Maurice Di Aundra Rogers, 33, of Reno, was believed to be driving an early 2000s white Cadillac DeVille with paper plates from Nevada, Jakobs said.

On Wednesday, a law enforcement bulletin was distributed throughout Nevada and to agencies in the greater Sacramento area, listing the vehicle and with a photo of Rogers.

Authorities began an exhaustive search for Rogers and his vehicle, Jakobs said. With the assistance of Reno’s Robbery/Homicide Unit, numerous interviews were conducted and evidence was collected in the form of video surveillance footage, lodging history and transactions, as well as other financial information.

“On Friday, shortly after 4 p.m., an officer from the Sacramento Police Department spotted what he believed to be the Cadillac in the area of Meadowview and 24th Street,” Jakobs said. “He called for other officers and detained the occupant of the vehicle, and confirmed it was Rogers.”

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was contacted, and shortly thereafter detectives arrived and took over the investigation.

Rogers’ vehicle was impounded as evidence and he was transported on Friday back to the Nevada County jail, where he was booked on a murder charge and is being held without bail.

On Saturday, detectives from both the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office and Nevada County Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit, as well as evidence search teams from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, conducted follow-up searches in the South Sacramento area, Jakobs said.

They also served an additional search warrant in Sacramento with the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department.

The investigation is ongoing and further search warrants and interviews are anticipated in this case, Jakobs said, adding, “We’re trying to establish his trail.”

If anyone from the public has information relating to this case and has had recent contact with Rogers, they are encouraged to contact the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263, the Secret Witness program at 775-322-4900, http://www.secretwitness.com, or text your tip to 847411, keyword — SW.