Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2012
Foul play suspected in death of burned Discovery Park victim

Sacramento police say that the person whose burned body was found this morning in Discovery Park was the victim of foul play.

"We are definitely investigating this as a homicide," said Officer Laura Peck, police spokeswoman. The body was set on fire, Peck said.

It will take several days to make a positive identification of the severely burned body that was found by a passing bicyclist. Police say the body was burned beyond recognition, but police believe it may be a woman.

Race and age are not known, police said. It is also not known how she died.

The bicyclist initially thought the smoke he was seeing near the archery range off the Garden Highway was simply burning leaves.

He contacted authorities to put out the fire. Sacramento firefighters arrived and discovered the badly burned body, according to Peck. Police were called at about 6:30 a.m. to investigate.

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