Tahoe victim identified as missing Brit
Placer County sheriff’s detectives have identified the woman whose body was discovered in Tahoe Vista last week as a British woman reported missing from a nearby residence.
“We have a positive identification on our victim, and it is Victoria,” said Placer Lt. John Savage.
The identity of Victoria Ann Rider, 37, was made using local fingerprints and dental records. She was originally from the United Kingdom and had also used the names Victoria Adams and Victoria Proctor.
Authorities are seeking Rider’s daughter, 15-year-old Naomi Riley and Riley’s boyfriend, Felix Lizarraga, 24, who both shared the Tahoe Vista apartment with Rider.
According to an initial coroner’s report, Rider died from blunt force trauma to the head at least two weeks before her body was found, Savage said. Savage previously said investigators are treating the death as a likely homicide.
A passerby discovered Rider’s decomposed body May 21 in a field near the intersection of National Avenue and Highway 28 in Tahoe Vista.
She, her daughter and Lizarraga were living in a rented apartment across the street on North Lake Boulevard. Sheriff’s detectives had suspected the body was related to the apartment’s residents, none who had been seen in the last month.
Rider and Riley have been in the United States since 2002 and lived in North Tahoe for well over a year, said Detective Don Murchison.
Rider worked at the Tahoe City Post Office in 2006 and Riley was enrolled at North Tahoe High School this year.
Lizarraga was born in Mexico, said Savage, but his immigration status remains unknown.
“The information we have is that he is local, or was local, and had worked in the area and had been here for several years,” Savage said.
He does not have any prior convictions or known drug involvement, Murchison said.
Investigators believe Riley and Lizarraga left the Tahoe area near the end of March and traveled to Mexico.
“Right now [Lizarraga] is not a suspect. We’re interested in talking to him, but we’re concerned with his safety and the safety of Naomi,” Murchison said.
Sheriff’s detectives in both the Tahoe and Auburn offices continue to investigate the case.
“The next step, obviously, is waiting for lab reports to help us try to piece together the puzzle … We would really like to locate the other two people and see what other information they might have for us,” Savage said.
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