Sacto 9-1-1
July 2, 2013
Update: Details unclear, but homicide suspected in Antelope storage unit death

Thomas Bennett mugshot.jpgSacramento County sheriff's detectives are still searching for answers this afternoon after a woman's body was found in an Antelope storage unit Monday night.

Detectives are not sure how she died, or what relationship the victim had to the man who directed authorities to her body, said sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos. However, detectives suspect she was the victim of foul play, and that the man, identified as 38-year-old Thomas Bennett, is somehow involved. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Deputies arrested Bennett on suspicion of murder in connection with the case. He is being held at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

The woman has been identified only as being in her 20s. The Sacramento County Coroner's office is still trying to positively identify her.

The bizarre situation began to unfold when a man, later identified as Bennett, walked up to two Sacramento police officers eating dinner in Natomas about 9:30 p.m. The man told officers a woman could be found inside a storage facility in the 3600 block of Blackfoot Way in Antelope, Ramos said. However, the man did not indicate whether the woman was alive or dead, so officers raced to the scene as the Sheriff's Department was notified.

Bennett was taken into custody as officers investigated further, Ramos said.

Deputies met Sacramento police at the storage facility and opened a unit that officers had been directed to, Ramos said. Inside, they found the woman's body, which showed no obvious signs of trauma, Ramos said. Detectives are waiting for the coroner's office to determine when and how she died.

They also are unclear whether she died at the storage facility or whether her body was taken there after her death, Ramos said.

Bennett has no criminal history in Sacramento County, according to Superior Court records available online. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the murder charge Wednesday afternoon, according to jail booking records.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.

This post was updated by Bee staff writer Kim Minugh.

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