Q: Sometime around 2007 a man living in a house off Sunrise Boulevard left home early in the morning to run a parking lot sweeper he owned. When he returned home, his house was on fire. The fire department found his deceased wife inside and it was discovered she had been shot. Was anyone ever arrested on this?
Corvette Ronnie, Orangevale
A: No arrests have been reported in the death of 73-year-old Eleanore Nichols, who was shot and her Fair Oaks home set on fire March 9, 2008.
Nichols’ husband returned home from work that Sunday morning to find the house on Archer Avenue on fire. His wife’s body was in a hallway.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Nichols was shot with a small-caliber handgun, which was not found.
Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives early in the investigation questioned a man who had been in a confrontation with Nichols a few days before the fire.
Investigators did not think the homicide was completely random and said it might have been a crime of opportunity. They said the killer might have gone into the house without realizing someone was home.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District investigators determined that the fire had several points of origin.