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Man arrested after Sacramento police find body in Natomas backyard

Police have taped off the scene where a body was found in the backyard of a house in the 1300 block of Trail End Way on Thursday.
Police have taped off the scene where a body was found in the backyard of a house in the 1300 block of Trail End Way on Thursday. jkuang@sacbee.com

Authorities worked Friday to remove a body discovered in a Natomas backyard, found after officers responding to a disturbance call became concerned about one of the residents, according to the Sacramento Police Department.

One of two men involved in a fight reported Thursday night by a neighbor was taken into police custody as a person of interest, said Sgt. Doug Morse, Police Department spokesman. The man in custody lived at the house in the 1300 block of Trail End Way with his mother, police said.

The Sacramento Police Department announced Friday night that 41-year-old Scott Boyer was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail for murder.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office worked Friday to remove the body. A section of Trail End Way remained blocked by police tape Friday as investigators gathered evidence.

“They have the tools and equipment to recover a body after it’s been covered with anything,” Morse said.

Police arrived at the home around 7 p.m. Thursday and broke up a fight between the men, described as relatives. An unspecified concern about the welfare of someone who lived at the home shifted the focus of attention.

“The focus turned to the backyard,” he said, where officers found something suspicious under dirt and debris.

It was determined to be a body, though officials would not confirm the gender and could not say Friday how long the body had been buried.

Steve Gutierrez, who lives across the street from the house, said he called police Thursday as he helped relatives of the man in custody hold him until police arrived. Gutierrez said he called the woman’s relatives because he hadn’t seen her in a few days. The relatives, who live in Rio Linda, came to the house Thursday to check on her and got into a fight with her son, Gutierrez said.

Jeanne Kuang: 916-321-1188, @jeannekuang

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