North Tahoe fatality called likely murder |

North Tahoe fatality called likely murder

Placer sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the death of an unidentified woman whose body was discovered in Tahoe Vista last week, but now suspect that foul play was involved.

“The preliminary investigation looks like it’s going to be a homicide,” Lt. John Savage said.

The case is being treated as a homicide, Savage said, because the victim appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma by an unknown source.

Placer County Sheriff’s detectives responded to a call last Monday from a local resident who discovered the body behind a tree in a field near National Avenue and Highway 28.

“We’re not sure the crime actually occurred where the body was found. We think it was a body dump,” Savage said.

Preliminary tests estimate that the woman died within two weeks of when her body was discovered, he said.

Detectives from both Tahoe and Auburn are working to ascertain an identity and determine the location of the crime scene.

“All over the western U.S. we’re going to try and match hair color, height and probable weight with current cases of reported missing persons,” said Savage.

Placer detectives have not made any matches despite running numerous missing persons cases, he said.

The autopsy performed Tuesday revealed the woman was between 5-10 and 6-feet and had dark, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing Tahari blue jeans and gold hoop earrings, according to sheriff’s reports.

She also suffered from a curvature of the spine called scoliosis.

Anyone with information about a missing person who matches the description should contact Detective Michelle Baxter at 581-6323.

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