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Coroner identifies victim in Rancho Cordova shooting death

The Sacramento County coroner on Saturday identified the victim of a suspected homicide in Rancho Cordova as Michael Elder, 49, of Sacramento.

His body was discovered by a walker just after 7 a.m. Friday near Egmont Way and Viking Drive, a residential neighborhood south of Highway 50 near Bradshaw Road.

Rancho Cordova Police received a call from a local business, which reported that a customer had seen a man on the ground who appeared unconscious, according to a law enforcement news release.

Officers responded along with medical personnel, who declared the man dead at the scene.

Homicide detectives from Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, which contracts with Rancho Cordova Police, are investigating it as a fatal shooting.

With no witnesses or motive, detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP.

Tip information may also be left anonymously at, by texting 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword “SSD,” or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).

Call The Bee’s Hudson Sangree, (916) 321-1191.