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Citrus Heights police investigating death possibly linked to recent hanging

Updated Jan. 16, 6:48 p.m.–
Sentinel staff report– Citrus Heights police on Thursday said the body of a woman was found in an apartment yesterday near the northern border of the city, about a half-mile from the scene of a hanging incident that occurred four days prior.

In a news release issued mid-day on Jan. 16, police said an investigation determined the latest death is an apparent homicide. The release said it was “unconfirmed” at the time as to whether the death was related to a Jan. 11 incident that involved a man found hanging from a tree with a rope tied around his neck off Interstate 80, near Riverside Avenue.

Several hours later, police issued a second news release that said “detectives have confirmed the deceased female located in her residence yesterday was in a dating relationship with the male decedent located by the California Highway Patrol on Saturday.”

On Wednesday, officers were called to the 7400 block of Auburn Oaks Ct. around 1:45 p.m. at the request of the California Highway Patrol, police said. The CHP found the deceased woman inside an apartment during a welfare check, “as a part of their investigation” of the nearby hanging incident.

Authorities believe the woman had been deceased “for a number of days” and had last been seen around Jan. 8. Police said the woman “suffered from significant trauma to her body,” but said a specific cause of death is still to be determined by a medical examiner.

The deceased woman’s identity has not been released, pending notification of next of kin, police said. She has only been identified as an adult, indicating she is over the age of 18.

Citrus Heights police detectives have taken over the investigation and encourage anyone with related information to contact the department’s tip line at (916) 727-5524.

Authorities initially considered the Jan. 11 hanging incident to be “suspicious,” but now consider it to be a suicide.

A local Suicide Prevention Hotline, operated by WellSpace Health, can be reached at (916) 368-3111. The group says its hotline is also available for those concerned about friends or loved ones who may be suicidal.

According to various suicide prevention resources, warning indicators of suicide can include talking about feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, and other behavior or mood signs.

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