Suspected murder-suicide in Tahoe City |

Suspected murder-suicide in Tahoe City

Authorities believe a 41-year-old Tahoe City woman was beaten to death inside the home she shared with her boyfriend, who then killed himself a mile away by using gasoline to set fire to her SUV while he was inside.

However, Placer County sheriff deputies say the apparent murder of Julie Ann Lacke remains under investigation until the identity of the man in the burned out Ford Explorer is determined.

“Positive identification of the human remains from the burned vehicle, investigators believe to be Ms. Lacke’s boyfriend, will have to be made by DNA analysis and the results are not expected for at least several weeks,” said Lt. John Addoms in a written statement to the press.

In a telephone interview Addoms said investigators, working on information gathered in interviews, said the man in the vehicle is likely her boyfriend, with whom she lived at the home at 443 Pioneer Way, a rural residential Tahoe City neighborhood.

Lacke’s body was discovered inside the home after authorities traced the plates of the burned SUV to her residence, said Corie Quillinan, detective sergeant for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Lacke was found inside the bedroom of the home she shared with her boyfriend and a roommate. The couple had been leasing the home for about 10 months. Lacke had no children, nor were there children who lived at the home.

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