Homicide of Rocklin girl investigated
Rocklin police identified the 13-year-old girl killed in her home Tuesday as Ashley Wood and said the suspect in her killing, a 14-year-old boy who also lived in the house, was being held in a juvenile detention facility Wednesday.
Rocklin police spokesmen also said Wednesday they did not know if the teens were related, though other media outlets have reported that officers described the boy and girl as relatives or siblings.
The boy’s name has not been released because he is a minor.
Public records show the home where Ashley Wood died is co-owned by a man with the same name, Jeffrey Ronald Wood, as a senior prosecutor with the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Jeffrey Wood could not be reached Wednesday, and the District Attorney’s Office has declined comment.
Condolences for the girl’s family began to appear online Wednesday.
“Yesterday was a very dark day for our Rocklin Community,” Police Chief Ron Lawrence said in a written statement posted on Twitter. “On behalf of the Rocklin Police Department, I send our heartfelt condolences to the victim’s family. Words cannot adequately express our deep sorrow for all involved.”
Police said that on Tuesday morning, the boy fled the newer, upscale home on Monument Springs Drive, near Interstate 80 in Rocklin. He was found in a field about a mile away after a half-hour search by multiple police agencies.
The boy was taken to the Placer County Probation Juvenile Detention Facility in Auburn, awaiting arraignment. California law allows 14-year-olds to be charged as adults in murder cases.
The homicide investigation started after police received reports of a disturbance at a home on the 6700 block of Monument Springs Drive at 10:47 a.m. on Tuesday.
One neighbor told The Sacramento Bee she heard a woman’s screams and called 911.
Once at the scene, officers found Ashley dead in a bedroom. She appeared to have suffered blunt-force trauma, a police spokesman said without elaborating.
The girl’s mother found her body, authorities said.
Rocklin police officials said the department is being assisted by the California Department of Justice.
Investigators remained in the home until 11:37 p.m. Tuesday after obtaining a search warrant; they collected evidence from numerous places within the home, a police news release said. Information regarding the weapon used would not be released, police said.
Dena Erwin, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, said Wednesday that the Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.
Public records show the home on Monument Springs Drive is owned by Jeffrey Wood, 50, and Sonya Wood, 46.
A Facebook page for a 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 three children, two of whom, a girl and a boy, appear to be of elementary school age.
On Sonya Wood’s Facebook page, there are pictures of a small, blonde girl named Ashley competing in gymnastics, medals draped around her neck.
More recent photos on another family member’s Facebook page show the boy and girl as young teens.