By Ed Fletcher
The Roseville Police Department announced on Thursday a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to an arrest connected to the killing of 19-year-old John Alpert.
In May, Alpert's decomposing body was found by a fisherman on the banks of Roseville's Dry Creek, near the city's railyards.
Roseville police believe the Palmdale teen met up with train hoppers, possibly online, before joining them for an illegal train ride. New online tools seem to make it easier for people like Alpert to join the dangerous world of train hopping.
Alpert had never been in trouble with the law and attended a Palmdale community college before taking time off to help take care of his parents, his mother told The Sacramento Bee.
Cecilia Alpert described him as a devoted son and talented artist. Police suspect he was killed shortly after arriving in Roseville March 17, the last day he sent his mother a text message. His body showed signs of blunt-force trauma.
Anyone who has any information about Alpert's death, or who saw Alpert in Roseville in mid-March, or had any contact with freight train riders in Roseville around that time is asked to call Roseville Crime Stoppers at (916)783-STOP (783-7867).
Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's website, www.roseville.ca.us/police, and clicking on "Submit a Tip", or by texting 274637 (start your text with the word "ROSEVILLE").Tipsters can remain anonymous, and may be eligible for a $1,000 cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.