Crime scene at home on Routier Road
RANCHO CORDOVA - A brutal Sunday morning attack on an elderly couple left one man dead and his wife with major injuries.
The sheriff's department received a call at 11:40 a.m. from the 2900 block of Routier Road with a report of an injured man inside of his mobile home.
Officers arrived to find the 78-year-old man deceased, having suffered trauma to his upper body. Officers located his 78-year-old wife inside the home, also with trauma to her upper body.
She was transported to the hospital and is said to be in critical condition.
Sunday afternoon, neighbors and relatives identified the victim as Mel Bain and his wife Jean.
"They're a very nice couple," said neighbor Vince Evans. "They didn't bother anybody. They were peaceful, quiet."
Neighbors said the couple lived at Briarwood Mobile Home Park for more than 40 years. According to relatives and neighbors, Jean had dementia.
"For about a year, she's been keeping to herself and staying inside," said mobile park resident Roseanne Greco.
A neighbor found Mel dead in the doorway, beaten to death on Sunday morning. The neighbor said he heard an unusual noise at Mel's home and went to go check it out. After he found Mel, he called 911.
Gary O'Connor says the victims were his uncle and aunt.
"It just makes me sad," said O'Connor. "I went over and saw them as much as I could."
Sunday evening, neighbors and loved ones had their suspicions on the motive for the attack. They feared the couple could have been robbed and attacked by someone they knew. They also said Mel had a frequent female visitor.
"It's very suspicious to me, people going to his house and visiting pretty often," said neighbor Vince Evans. "Other neighbors noticed this too. So when this happened, it all reflects back to that person."
Investigators are working to gather suspect information as well as the reason for the attack.
Later in the day, a stolen vehicle reported in a nearby neighborhood caught the attention of investigators. The car, a Cadillac Eldorado, and circumstances surrounding the theft sparked their interest, but was not yet considered the suspect vehicle. The car was later located, unoccupied.
There is no word at this time if the person responsible for the theft of the vehicle has any connection to the homicide at the home on Routier Road.
Anyone with information pertaining to this homicide is asked to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115.