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    Police vehicles cover the road at the scene of a homicide on 17th Street in midtown Sacramento on Saturday.

  • Richard Chang / Sacramento Bee

    Authorities mark an investigation perimeter at the site of a killing on 17th Street in midtown Sacramento on Saturday.

Woman found dead Saturday in midtown Sacramento

Published: Saturday, Jun. 28, 2014 - 1:24 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 1, 2014 - 8:43 am

Sacramento police are investigating a homicide at a midtown apartment that occurred sometime between Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Authorities received a call about 10 a.m. Saturday that a woman was unresponsive inside a building in the 1600 block of 17th Street, between P and Q streets. The woman, in her 30s, was pronounced dead by fire personnel. Sacramento police Lt. Justin Risley called the death “suspicious in nature.”

“It’s clear that she died by some traumatic event,” Risley said, adding that it was too soon to determine the motive, cause of death or any weapons that were used. “There was visible blood.”

Police said the victim was discovered by a friend, who went to check on her after texts and phone calls went unanswered. The victim’s name will be released when her family is notified of her death. Police do not believe the incident was random.

About a dozen officers and homicide detectives were on the scene Saturday afternoon. Three visibly distraught women were being interviewed by officials. The women declined to speak to a reporter.

Meanwhile, neighbors and passers-by watched behind yellow police lines. Curtis Currier, 26, who lives a block away, said he was taking a morning run with his girlfriend, Samantha Furno, 21, when they saw the flashing lights.

“It’s generally quiet here,” Currier said of the neighborhood, noting that most of the residents are young professionals in their 20s and 30s.

Asked whether the victim was involved in a struggle before her death, Risley said, “she suffered a traumatic injury based on body position ... it was not a natural death.”

Call The Bee’s Richard Chang at (916) 321-1018. Follow him on Twitter @RichardYChang.

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