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Police: Death of woman found in American River possible homicide


Sacramento police say the condition of a woman’s body recovered from the American River near the Guy West bicycle and foot bridge Friday morning was not consistent with drowning.

Homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were summoned to the scene to begin an investigation, according to a Police Department news release.

Sacramento firefighters were called to the scene about 10:18 a.m. to recover the body discovered floating downriver between the Guy West Bridge and the H Street Bridge near Sacramento State. The body was recovered by firefighters from the River Park station who were already in a boat on the river for training.

The body was spotted on the Sacramento State side of the river by citizens who called 911. Firefighters brought the body to the shore.

The woman’s name has not been released pending notification of family. Although a motive for the woman’s death is unclear, detectives do not believe the case is related to the Sacramento State campus, police said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation is asked to call the Sacramento Police Department’s dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews