Steve Gutierrez said it was disturbingly common to hear his neighbors loudly arguing inside their Natomas home. But he knew something had really gone awry this week when a neighbor’s car started collecting dust because it had never moved.
On Thursday, Gutierrez said he made the 911 call that led to Sacramento police discovering a woman’s body buried under dirt and debris in the backyard of the Trail End Way home.
Police have yet to identify the woman. On Saturday, a police spokeswoman declined to provide any additional details about the case, referring instead to a pair of brief statements that announced detectives had found a body at the home on Thursday and that they arrested 41-year-old Scott Dallas Boyer on Friday on suspicion of murder.
The dead woman’s identity and cause of death is pending at the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
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Gutierrez said Saturday that during the 27 years he lived across the street from the family, he’d grown used to hearing Boyer and his mother, Rosanne, arguing. It got so bad, he said, that he’d had to intervene and call police a number of times. Online records show a Rosanne Brown living at the address.
Gutierrez said the disputes were often incredibly intense. Gutierrez said it was no different the last time he heard the pair fight earlier this week.
“Whenever they got to that level, he sounded like a demon,” he said. “His voice, it was not him. He was totally a different person.”
Sacramento police spokeswoman Traci Trapani on Saturday said she could not look up the number of police calls to the home without authorization from homicide detectives, who were not available.
Still, Trapani suggested that detectives discovered a gruesome scene on Thursday.
Online Sacramento County court records do not suggest Boyer had a violent past.
In 1992, he was charged with a misdemeanor for petty theft, but the charge was later dismissed.
In 2009, he pleaded no contest to drunken driving. In 2012, he entered into an 18-month drug-treatment diversion program in order to avoid a felony sentence for possession of methamphetamine.
Gutierrez said he called 911 on Thursday when members of Boyer’s family got into a violent encounter with the suspect inside the home after they came to town to check on his mother. No family members could be reached by phone on Saturday.
Gutierrez said he called the family because he was growing increasingly concerned. He and his wife stopped seeing her coming and going from the house, including to take out the trash. Her car didn’t move for almost a week.
He described a bloody, chaotic scene filled with chilling screams when family members confronted Boyer before police arrived and found the body.
“It was bad,” he said. “It was bad.”
Boyer is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Monday. He’s being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail without bail.