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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What were circumstances involving student found slain at San Juan High in 1998?

I was a high school student at San Juan High between 1996 and 2000. During my time there, I vaguely remember a killing or body found in the shed on campus. I was too young and the school didn’t say much. Any idea on what happened, who it was and what has happened since?

– Ann, Sacramento

Vladimir Gayduchik, a 15-year-old Ukrainian refugee, was found bludgeoned to death inside a wooden shed at San Juan High School in Citrus Heights on Oct. 5, 1998.

No arrests have been reported in the case.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Gayduchik was last seen by his family the day before his body was found. He had prepared a tackle box for an after-school fishing trip before running off to catch the bus, but authorities said he never showed up at school that day and he failed to return home that night.

His mother went to the school the following day to report her son missing. A few hours later, a shop teacher found the teenager’s body.

Investigators said at the time that the scene of the killing looked like an ambush. Gayduchik was still wearing his backpack. They said it appeared that he was caught unaware and, without a struggle, was struck on the head with a pipe. Sheriff’s officials said robbery was suspected as the motive for the attack.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.