By Ben Schenkel
Leslie R. Bellamy, 38, was one of two people found dead in a south Sacramento home Friday afternoon, a Sacramento County Sheriff's Department spokesman said this morning.
"We are officially investigating these deaths as a murder-suicide," said Deputy Jason Ramos.
The coroner's office has yet to release the identity of the man, believed to be in his 60s, whom authorities allege killed Bellamy and then himself.
Ramos declined to comment on the manner of death for either person, or whether a murder weapon had been found. Both bodies exhibited trauma, he said, and were located in separate rooms upstairs in Bellamy's rental home. There were no signs of forced entry.
Deputies went to the Malt Court home around 2 p.m. Friday, after Bellamy's employer notified authorities that she had not come to work that morning. Eventually, homicide investigators were called to take over the scene.
The homeowner, Trong Nguyen, said he was not very familiar with Bellamy. He said that she had lived at the home with a boyfriend. He reported "no problems whatsoever" with the couple since Bellamy had rented the home in May.
Jeny Ryon said she was a friend of Bellamy's. She described the victim as "a caring friend and a loving mother" to two, including a son who recently enlisted in the Air Force. Bellamy chose nursing as her profession, Ryon said, because she loved helping people.
"She would always give her all in a relationship," Ryon said.
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Man, woman found dead in south Sacramento home - July 29, 2011