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Suspect arrested in death of man found in Walnut Grove-area orchard

An arrest was announced Tuesday in the death of a 19-year-old Sacramento man whose body was found in a Walnut Grove-area orchard in June.

Steven Rejon of Sacramento was already in custody in an unrelated case when he was arrested Monday in the murder of Demoria Ellis-Rivers, according to a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The Sheriff’s Department received a call about 9 a.m. June 8 regarding a man who was unresponsive in an orchard in the area of Twin Cities Road, just east of River Road. A worker came across the man while making his morning rounds.

Deputies found Ellis-Rivers with a gunshot wound to the upper body. Walnut Grove Fire Department personnel arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. Detectives believe Ellis-Rivers was killed at the location where he was found, the news release said.

No information was provided on the motive for the slaying.

Detectives are still asking anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Tip information also may be left anonymously via the Sheriff’s Department’s website,, or by calling 916-874-8477.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy