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Update: Woman found dead in midtown apartment described as devoted to family, friends

A woman found dead in a midtown apartment Saturday morning grew up in Stockton and had been living in Sacramento for about two years, according to a family member.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office identified the homicide victim as 31-year-old Kelsey Snyder. Although her married name was Snyder, she went by Kelsey Kaiser on Facebook, and a family member, as well as other public records, gave her age as 33.

Snyder was found unresponsive inside a building in the 1600 block of 17th Street between P and Q streets about 10 a.m. Police said the woman was discovered by a friend who checked on her after phone calls and text messages went unanswered. She was pronounced dead by fire personnel.

Police said the homicide occurred Friday evening or Saturday morning and is not believed to be a random incident. Snyder suffered a “traumatic injury based on body position,” said Sacramento police Lt. Justin Risley.

On Tuesday morning, Sgt. Matt Young said Sacramento police have not yet released Snyder’s exact cause of death because doing so could compromise the investigation.

Reached by phone Monday, a woman who declined to give her name but identified herself as Snyder’s aunt, said the family wasn’t prepared to talk with the media. But she said her niece “loved her family and loved her friends.”

Via email, Alanna Burchett Black, who said she worked with Snyder at BlueShield of California in Lodi before moving to Missouri eight years ago, remembered her former co-worker as “a very loving person.”

“She had a smile that just lit up her face,” Black said.

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