Deputies investigating suspicious death on Stockton Boulevard

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SOUTH SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) -- Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was found lying on the side of a South Sacramento street Monday morning, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.

Around 6:30 a.m., someone called authorities about an injured and unresponsive woman who was found 50 feet from Stockton Boulevard near Pomegranate Avenue.

Detectives and crime scene investigators spent hours processing the area around where the body of the woman in her 50s was found.

By Monday night, the woman’s identity and cause of death had not been identified.

"She's a regular, a regular homeless person," said Joe Gardena, who runs the laundromat near where the woman died. "We kicked her out two nights ago, out of the laundromat, for sleeping on the floor."

Deputies noticed some minor injuries to her body, which was enough to declare her death suspicious.

"If they're using drugs and living that type of lifestyle, there can be a greater potential for violence. So it's always something we want to look at," said Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Tess Deterding.

A local resident who did not want to be identified said his friend saw the woman around 3 a.m. Monday.

"She was swinging her arms around and hollering," the resident said. "She may have been hit by a car and was bleeding out. Could have been beat up, who knows."

His friend said he would have called 911 if he had a cell phone.

Gardena said he would be surprised if there was a dispute over drugs and property.

"They all get along and stuff. They’re respectful to each other and I never see any of them fight or nothing like that," he said.

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