Sacto 9-1-1
May 23, 2012
Deputies continue search for vehicles, information in Sunday homicide

Sacramento County sheriff's deputies are continuing their search today for two vehicles associated with the discovery of man's body after a fire in an Arden-Arcade apartment Sunday.

They also seek to narrow the time frame for when 60-year-old Stephen Sieck was killed, authorities said.

Sieck was found dead Sunday afternoon after firefighters arrived to extinguish a blaze at his Shelby Ranch Road apartment. Authorities initially described his death as suspicious but later classified it as a homicide.

Sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos declined to say how Sieck died, but said the man suffered fatal injuries before the fire. He said the fire had mostly extinguished itself before firefighters arrived and did not damage other units. He said detectives suspect the fire was set to cover up the killing.

Detectives are searching for Sieck's black 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe with New Mexico license plates, apparently stolen after his death.

They also are searching for a U-Haul truck that was seen in the apartment complex Saturday afternoon, Ramos said. Unknown people were seen carrying items between the truck and Sieck's apartment, Ramos said.

Detectives ask that anyone who knows the whereabouts of either vehicle, or has more information about the U-Haul truck and who was using it, call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357.

Ramos said Sieck was last seen Friday night in Rancho Cordova. Detectives say they believe he was killed between late Friday and early Sunday, though they hope to find witnesses who can help narrow that window.

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