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Coroner rules death of man found on Garden Highway levee was homicide

Sacramento police say a man whose badly decomposed body was found Monday evening on a Garden Highway levee in South Natomas was the victim of a homicide.

Police initially described the death as suspicious. Because the body was in advanced stages of decomposition, detectives were unable to determine the cause of death or the person’s identity.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy Tuesday and ruled the death a homicide, according to a Police Department news release. The body also was identified as that of a an adult male.

At 6:06 p.m. Monday, fire crews responded to a report at Garden Highway and Natomas Park Drive of a deceased person, according Sacramento Police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. After discovering the state of the body, Heinlein said, fire officials called the Police Department, which sent homicide detectives and crime scene investigation officers.

The man’s name will be released by the Coroner’s Office once his family has been notified.

Detectives ask anyone with information regarding the homicide to call the Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free P3 Tips smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Hannah Knowles: 916-321-1141, @KnowlesHannah