Search for At-Risk Missing Person Shifts to Homicide Investigation

SACRAMENTO -- What was once a missing persons case has now shifted to a homicide investigation.

Risetruth Vang, 73, went missing on Feb. 20. Now his disappearance is being investigated as a homicide.

Sacramento police say 73-year-old Risetruth Vang was reported missing on Wednesday after family members had not heard from him and he was not in his residence.

Authorities say Vang may have been a victim of foul play.

“He used to walk these blocks… usually in the morning time he walks down the street and then comes back. I don’t understand how this happened,” said William Tackett, Vang's neighbor.

Police say neighbors last saw him Monday at his home on North Meadows Place.

Crime Scene Investigators and Homicide Detectives discovered evidence that signaled a possible homicide.

“Based on the information that they have received, they believe that it might potential be a homicide. We don’t know if Mr. Vang is seriously injured or perhaps he’s deceased," said Sacramento Police Spokesperson Linda Matthew.

Though police wouldn't confirm what new evidence they found, neighbors say the scene was gruesome.

“They’re trying not to tell us because they don’t want to scare us. All we know is that there was a pool of blood. They’re not saying which room,” a neighbor said.

Now, the community is on edge.

“It’s scary to be honest. I got kids living here and running around. It’s just scary for me," said Jesus Ibarra. “Hopefully they find him pretty soon. It’s a big city so he can be anywhere but hopefully he’s safe and comes home soon to his family.”

Police say Vang’s primary language is Hmong and are asking the community to call in tips if they know where this man might be.

The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information related to this investigation or the victim’s whereabouts to contact the dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357).   Witnesses may also submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.  Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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