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Woman found murdered in Rancho Cordova

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - The body of woman found naked from the waist down in Rancho Cordova on Saturday has been ruled a homicide.

Sgt. Tim Curran with the Sacramento County Sheriff's office said the woman has been identified as 37-year-old Rajneet Kaur Singh of Rancho Cordova.

A neighbor found Singh's body on Mills Park and Olson Drives near a light rail station just before 11 a.m. on New Year's Day. Curran said the neighbor discovered the woman while he was in his backyard looking over his fence. The neighbor's house backs up the area where Singh was found.

Investigators said there were no obvious signs of trauma, but are awaiting an autopsy for an exact cause of death. 

Man wanted for questioning in Rancho Cordova woman's death

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Authorities have released video of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Rajneet Singh Saturday.

VIDEO: Man wanted for questioning shown in video

Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said the video, released Sunday, is from a card room on Folsom Boulevard near where Singh's body was found on Mills Park Drive New Year's Day. The video shows a black adult playing cards and walking through the establishment during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2011.

Curran said detectives have been told Singh was also at the card room at the same time and was seen with the unidentified man shown in the video.

Man wanted for questioning in Rancho Cordova murder identified

SACRAMENTO, CA - Sacramento County Sheriff's investigators have identified a man wanted for questioning in connection with the strangling of 37-year-old Rajneet Singh Saturday.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos said the man with whom witnesses reported seeing Singh with in a Folsom Boulevard cardroom before her death is Demetrius Shaffer, 31.

Shaffer is sought as a person of interest, Ramos said. The cardroom is near where Singh's body was found on Mills Park Drive on New Year's Day.

Related: Man Wanted For Questioning Shown In Video

Ramos said Shaffer is a registered sex offender and is also wanted as a suspect in a sexual assault case that happened in the Sacramento area in 2010.

AAA offers free 'Tipsy Tow' service on New Year's Eve

 

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - AAA says there no excuse for drinking and driving this holiday weekend. The company will offer free "Tipsy Tow" service for revelers on New Year's Eve.

From 6 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. on New Year's Day, in Northern California, anyone who has been drinking, can call (800) 222-4357 and a tow service will take you and your car home for free, up to ten miles. Just tell the AAA operator you need a Tipsy Tow and a truck will be dispatched to your location, whether your a AAA member or not.

The service will provide a one-way ride for the driver and vehicle to the driver's home. If there are additional passengers who need a ride, they will be taken to the driver's home as long as there is sufficient room for them to be transported safely in the tow truck.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.