SACRAMENTO - Sacramento County sheriff's detectives are asking for the public's help to identify a badly burned body found at Snodgrass Slough Thursday morning.
A sheriff's deputy on routine patrol discovered the victim about 20 feet from the levee road, Sgt. Lisa Bowman said. The slough is off of Twin Cities Road in the southern part of the county.
"She was burned beyond recognition. That's a major hurdle in our case," Bowman said.
Investigators speculated the body had been there for a while.
"She was a white, female adult. She was between the agesof 35 and 45. And we can tell that she had either light brown hair or blonde hair," Bowman said. "She had a thin stature between 100 pounds, 130 pounds."
Investigators noted the woman had a mole on her lower back and she wore a chain necklace.
The sheriff's department released a photo of the ring the woman wore on her left hand which may help with identification.
Investigators are puzzled as to why a killer would go to the trouble of burning a victim's body, and then leave the ring on her body.
"Why did you leave identifying, identifiable property on her?" Bowman asked.
Another question: why did the killer go to the trouble of taking the body to a remote stretch of a Delta levee, burn it and then leave the remains on a road where it could be easily found.
"We're unable to tell immediately if (the crime scene) was the actual place of death," Bowman said. "And so there possibly could be another crime scene out there."
Anyone having information about this person is asked to contact the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115. Tip information may also be left anonymously atwww.sacsheriff.com,by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering the keyword "SSD," or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).