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All pets belonging to Davis woman killed in murder-suicide found

Whitney Engler’s cat named Chique is safe.
Whitney Engler’s cat named Chique is safe. Courtesy UCD Veterinary

The missing dog and cat of a veterinary student who was killed in a murder-suicide last week in Davis have been found.

Whitney Engler, 27, and Joseph Hein, 23, were found dead early Friday on the second floor of a west Davis duplex, seven hours after police surrounded the home. When police eventually entered the home, Engler’s dog, named Rosie, ran from the residence.

The brown-and-white Australian shepherd was found over the weekend by a man who refused any reward from Engler’s friends.

Engler owned 20 finches, two parrots, three cats and Rosie. One of the cats, Chique, also seemed to be lost in the aftermath of the tragedy.

But instead, Chique, a brown tuxedo cat, was just scared and hiding in the home on Glacier Drive. All of Engler’s animals are accounted for and safe, according to

Engler was a student at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and was expected to graduate in May, according to her mother, Virginia Bigler.

Dennis Engler said his daughter was not in a romantic relationship with Hein, a helicopter pilot, and that the pair had developed a friendship through cycling. He noted that she did not own any weapons.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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