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Man arrested in Sacramento in death of woman found in Nevada County

A man taken into custody in Sacramento on Friday has been booked on suspicion of murder in the death of a woman whose body was found on a Nevada County roadway last week.

Maurice Di Aundra Rogers was identified as a person of interest by investigators shortly after Felicia Romaine Spruell-Jones, 46, of Reno was identified as the victim of an apparent homicide, according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s Office news release. Spruell-Jones’ body was found about 6:20 a.m. April 4 on the roadway underneath Interstate 80 at Farad Road.

Rogers was believed to be driving an early 2000s white four-door Cadillac DeVille with a temporary Nevada registration, and authorities began searching for Rogers and the vehicle. With the assistance of the Reno Police Department’s Robbery/Homicide Unit, numerous interviews were conducted in Reno and evidence, including surveillance footage, location and times of lodging, and financial transactions, was collected, Nevada County sheriff’s officials said.

Shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, Sacramento police spotted a vehicle and a person they believed to be Rogers, based on the bulletin they had received days earlier. Sacramento police officers detained the man and determined that he was Rogers.

Nevada County sheriff’s officials said further search warrants and interviews are anticipated in the case.

Nevada County sheriff’s detectives responded to the location where Rogers was detained and took over the investigation. Rogers’ vehicle was impounded as evidence, and he was transported to Nevada County Jail, where is being held without bail.

On Saturday, Sacramento County and Nevada County sheriff’s detectives, along with evidence search teams from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, conducted follow-up searches in south Sacramento County. A search warrant also was served in the city of Sacramento with the assistance of the Sacramento Police Department.

Nevada County sheriff’s officials said the investigation is continuing, and further search warrants and interviews are anticipated in the case.

Anyone with information or who has had recent contact with Rogers is asked to call the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263, or the Secret Witness program at 775-322-4900. Tips also may be provided via the Secret Witness website, www.secretwitness.com, or text a tip to 847411 (TIP 411) Keyword – SW.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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