A Rocklin mother found her 13-year-old daughter dead in the girl’s bedroom Tuesday, and a 14-year-old boy who lives in the same home was taken into custody by police after he fled.
Rocklin detectives are investigating the death, which a police spokesman said appeared to be from blunt force trauma, as a homicide.
The home where the death occurred is one of a handful of large new homes on Monument Springs Drive, a street on an oak-covered hillside near Interstate 80 and Highway 65.
Sonia Byard, a neighbor, said she called 911 after she heard a girl screaming Tuesday morning.
“It was terrible,” she said.
Rocklin police received a call from “a very distraught person” reporting a disturbance about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, said Lon Milka, Rocklin Police Department spokesman. Officers discovered the dead girl in a bedroom; she appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma, he said.
A 14-year-old boy, whom police suspect killed the girl, ran from the home. Officers from the Rocklin and Roseville police departments and the California Highway Patrol searched for the boy for 40 minutes before taking him into custody, authorities said.
Milka said the boy and girl lived in the home, but police had not determined their relationship. (Some media reports quoted police as saying the boy and girl were relatives or siblings.) The girl’s mother was the first to find her body, he said.
Rocklin police are being assisted by the California Department of Justice to ensure the thoroughness and transparency of the investigation, Milka said.
The last homicide in Rocklin occurred in 2013, he said.
The stuccoed house is at the end of Monument Springs Drive, which has newer homes on large lots. Byard said there were two homes on the street when she moved there in 2012. Since then, other homes have been built, but there are still vacant lots and houses under construction in the area.
Byard said she did not know the family but had seen the mother and children walking their dogs.
Public records indicate the home is owned by Jeffrey Ronald Wood, 50, and Sonya Louise Wood, 46.
A Jeffrey Ronald Wood works as a prosecutor handling homicide cases in the Placer County District Attorney’s Office in Roseville.
When The Sacramento Bee called the District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday, a woman who said she fielded media calls for Assistant District Attorney Jeff Wilson said: “We’re aware of the case, and we are not commenting at this time.”
When asked about Jeffrey Wood’s position in the office, she repeated that the District Attorney’s Office would have no comment.
A Facebook page for Jeff Wood shows him with Sonya Wood, whom he calls the “love of my life.” Both of their Facebook pages contain pictures from 2009 or 2010 of their three children, two of whom, a girl and a boy, appeared to be close in age.
More-recent photos on a family member’s Facebook pages show the boy and girl as young teens.
Bee staff writer Hudson Sangree contributed to this report.