‘Scared, sad and tired’: Shelter relays community’s fears after homeless woman found dead near American River Bike Trail

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A woman was found dead near the American River Bike Trail Saturday afternoon.

Authorities were called out to the trail near mile marker 3, just south of Del Paso Boulevard, at around 3:41 p.m.

When they arrived, they said they found a woman dead who had injuries from a possible assault.

Detectives are still investigating but said they believe the victim was experiencing homelessness and lived in a nearby encampment in the area.

FOX40 reached out to Maryhouse, a daytime shelter for homeless women and children, about the death.

It seems that with every passing month we are informed of more and more tragedy and harm inflicted on the community of people experiencing homelessness. Opening the doors this morning was done with a different weight as we greeted our guests who had heard the news of a death on the trail; grief and mourning clouded the program service area as we all talked about who she could have been based on who was missing in the crowd. Our guests are scared, sad and tired of losing their family all while being unable to safely process loss and death in safe, indoor spaces. This death is yet another horrifying reminder this community must work harder and faster to provide people experiencing homelessness with safe options to lay their heads not only because housing is a human right but to mitigate the all too frequent cycles of harm. 

At this point the identity of the victim is only speculative.

Shannon Dominguez-Stevens, Maryhouse Director

No additional information was released about the victim or any suspects.

Sacramento police is encouraging any witnesses with information regarding the investigation to contact the dispatch center at 916-808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.

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