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Death of man found at south Sacramento burglary scene remains a mystery

Goolge Earth image shows approximate location of the homicide.
Goolge Earth image shows approximate location of the homicide.

An intruder reportedly fled the scene of a late-night burglary Friday at a home in the 8000 block of Grandstaff Drive. That much is known.

But details remained murky Saturday about the death of a man found at the crime scene in south Sacramento.

At 11:22 p.m., police responded to a call regarding a burglary in progress. When they arrived, they encountered the woman who had made the call outside her residence. Inside, they found the body of a man, whom Fire Department personnel soon pronounced dead at the scene.

How the man died is uncertain, said police spokeswoman Traci Trapani. The female occupant said she did not get a good look at the intruder and was unable to give police much to go on, Trapani said.

“Detectives are still actively working this investigation,” Trapani said. “There are a lot of unanswered questions.”

Later Saturday, the deceased man was identified by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office as 60-year-old Ashok Kumar.

Police homicide detectives and crime scene investigators were dispatched to the home to gather evidence and worked through most of the night. Police said it’s believed that, while leaving, the intruder confronted the male victim inside the residence. No arrests have been made.

According to a police news statement released early Saturday: “Although a specific motive has not been established, detectives do not believe this is a random incident. Investigators are asking for the community’s help in providing any information regarding this incident.”

Anyone with information about the incident may contact police by calling police dispatch at 916-264-5471, Crime Alert at 916-443-4357 or submitting an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.

Blair Anthony Robertson: 916-321-1099, @Blarob