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Coroner’s office rules out homicide in homeless woman’s death

A homeless woman found dead Tuesday morning near Northgate Boulevard and the Arden-Garden Connector has been identified by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office as 37-year-old Nichole Valero.

The Coroner’s Office website lists the cause of death as undetermined but rules out homicide.

The Sacramento Police Department received a call just before 6 a.m. reporting that a woman’s body had been found. Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, police spokesman, said officers believe the woman lived in a nearby encampment. He said homicide investigators were called to the scene as a precaution.

“We treat it ‘worst-cast scenario,’ and we pull back resources if it’s natural causes,” he said.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy