Body in bag is murdered woman, Truckee police say |

Body in bag is murdered woman, Truckee police say

TRUCKEE ” A woman found dead inside a bag left at a Tahoe Donner parking lot Monday evening was murdered, Truckee police believe.

At about 3:40 p.m. Monday, a police dispatcher received a call from the Northwoods clubhouse about a bag with blood on it in the parking lot. After responding, police cordoned off the area as a crime scene.

“When they arrived it appeared there was a human inside [the bag],” said Gene Welch, Truckee Fire Protection District information officer.

The body was in a bag, which was reported to the dispatcher as a duffel bag, on the pavement next to a brown Ford pickup truck. Three other vehicles were also in the taped-off area, but none was believed to be connected to the crime, officials said.

Investigators used a ladder truck from the Truckee Fire Protection District to take aerial photographs of the crime scene

“We are pursuing this as a homicide investigation,” said Alex Terrazas, assistant to the Truckee town manager

Officials were not able to identify the woman, determine her age or the cause of death. The body was being taken to a forensics laboratory in Auburn for identification Monday evening.

Investigators from the California Department of Justice were on the way to Truckee from Sacramento to aid local law enforcement Monday afternoon.

Police were taking names and license plates of people leaving the clubhouse parking lot on Monday. They were also handing out flyers in the Tahoe Donner area as the sun set Monday asking for tips about the case. Anyone with information should call the Truckee Police Department at 550-2320.

Tahoe Donner is a 5,000-home upscale subdivision in Truckee. The Northwoods clubhouse is one of several clubhouses and recreation areas within the sprawling mountain subdivision. Eighty percent of the homes in Tahoe Donner are second homes, according to the homeowners association Web site.

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