Sacramento police spent much of Thursday scouring the Robla apartment complex where an elderly woman was found dead in her home the night before.
Crime scene investigators remained at the Willow Tree apartments on Norwood Avenue, north of Interstate 80, into the evening, looking for clues in the mysterious killing.
Authorities did not release much information about the crime, saying only that the woman, in her 70s, had suffered "obvious signs of trauma" to her body. They did not elaborate.
The woman had not been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as of late Thursday.
Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said relatives of the woman went Wednesday night to her apartment, where she lived alone, after not hearing from her for about a day.
Inside, they found her body and called police.
Morse said it was "immediately apparent" to the first responding officers that the woman had likely been the victim of a homicide, and detectives and crime scene investigators were summoned.
No suspects have been identified in the case.
It is the 23rd homicide in the city so far this year, not including three fatal officer-involved shootings within police jurisdiction.
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