Homicide Investigation

Monday, March 3, 2003 9:30 AM

For Immediate Release:

The Sutter County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an apparent homicide that occurred in the south Sutter County area, near the intersection of Powerline Road and Sankey Road.

At 1:55 PM, yesterday (Sunday), the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 transfer from the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center, who received a telephone call from a Rio Linda area fisherman reporting finding a human body in a ditch near the above listed location.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene and observed the victim to be a Hispanic male, approximately 25 to 30-years old, 5-5 to 5-8, between 150 and 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  The victim was wearing a white T-shirt, blue denim pants, and white tube socks (no shoes).  The pants had a brown leather belt around the waist that contained a brown leather belt buckle with the name “Jorge” on the front of the buckle.  The lettering on the buckle was white in color with white stitching.  The victim’s identity is unknown at this time.

The victim appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma to the head.  An autopsy is scheduled for later this morning to determine the exact cause of death.

Sheriff’s investigators are handling the investigation into this homicide and anyone with information concerning this case, including the victim’s identity, is asked to contact the Sutter County Sheriff’s Department at (530) 822-7307.

Contact Person:

Jim Denney, Sheriff-Coroner, (530) 822-7312

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