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QUESTION: Back in the mid '90s, my good friend Carol Blake was killed when she opened her front door in her house in Orangevale. I have not been able to find anything in the last 10 years about the case and whether it was solved.
Submitted by: Tish, Orangevale
ANSWER: The May 20, 1996, slaying of 45-year old Carol Blake at her home on Wild Horse Court in Orangevale remains unsolved.
According to stories in The Bee, Blake was gunned down in the doorway of the home. She was found about 2 p.m. by her husband and one of their three daughters. The front door was open and Blake was lying in the entryway.
Sacramento County sheriff's officials said the door of the house did not appear to have been forced open, and there were no signs that the residence had been robbed or ransacked. Investigators said it appeared Blake's attacker never entered the home.
Neighbors who were home that afternoon told authorities that they neither heard nor saw anything unusual.
Blake was a social worker who had recently received her master's degree in social work and counseled children and families. Shortly before her death, she had started a job doing background checks for adoptions.
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