Murder victim found in Truckee |

Murder victim found in Truckee

David Bunker
Josh Miller / Tribune News Service / Truckee police carry the body of a woman found in a parking lot in Tahoe Donner on Monday.

TRUCKEE – The death of a woman whose body was found Monday afternoon in a bag left at a Tahoe Donner parking lot is being investigated as a homicide, officials said.

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, Truckee 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 District spokesman.

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. 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 Department 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 night.

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

Police were taking names and license plates of people leaving the clubhouse parking lot on Monday. They were also handing out fliers in the Tahoe Donner area as the sun set Monday asking for tips about the case.

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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