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Coroner’s Office identifies man found dead in south Sacramento home

A man found dead Monday night in a south Sacramento home with a large number of marijuana plants was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 36-year-old Mao Ren of Sacramento.

Sacramento police officers were dispatched to a home in the 7500 block of Mandy Drive about 8 p.m. regarding a burglary. The caller reported that a man had been found inside the house and was not responsive.

When officers arrived, they found a man on the floor. Police said he had suffered trauma to his upper body and was declared dead at the scene by Sacramento Fire Department personnel.

When officers conducted a sweep of the house to assure there were no more victims and to look for a perpetrator, they found a large, sophisticated marijuana growing operation, according to a Sacramento Police Department news release.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, and police said they do not believe the killing was random. Police spokesman Sgt. Justin Brown said Wednesday that progress was being made in the case, but police were not releasing names of any suspects.

Neighbors said a family moved into the house late last year and soon added a metal fence, window bars and surveillance cameras. They said it was clear that no one was actually living in the home.

“A few guys would come in and out at night driving vans,” said Amber Miller, 19, who lives directly across from the house.

On Wednesday, she recalled smelling marijuana almost every night coming from the residence when the garage door was open. She described the neighborhood, near Florin Road, as a haven of gang and drug activity.

Richard Chang: 916-321-1018, @RichardYChang