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The body of a California woman who had been dead “for some time”, was discovered in her home on Wednesday, after the authorities concerned have been asked to perform a welfare check, according to a new report.
An investigation later revealed that the woman was in a relationship with a 59-year-old man whose body was found hanging from a tree along Interstate 80 four days earlier, in an apparent suicide, FOX 40 Sacramento reported.
The hanging site is less than a mile from the woman’s home, the Sacramento Bee reported.
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The investigators believe that the woman is dead because her body showed signs of significant trauma in their lives.”
In the course of our research, several factors have led us to believe that this is, in fact, a homicide,” Lt. Wesley Herman of the Citrus Heights police department told the station.
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Citrus Heights is a Sacramento suburb, where the women lived. She was last seen alive around Aug. 8, about a week before she was found dead, and the FOX 40 the report said.
The couple was supposed to be an “off and on” relationship, and is part of the Citrus Heights apartment for at least some of the time, authorities said.
But, so far, little is known about the circumstances that led up to the deaths, the researchers said in a FOX 40.
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The man was identified as Robert Rankin, his wife, and her identity is not being disclosed. Rankin has been involved in the crime and cases in Sacramento County between 2002 and 2004, including two counts of making criminal threats of death or great bodily harm, but the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors, the Bee reported.
The authorities say they are conducting interviews with family members, neighbors, and other people who knew the couple in the hope of learning more about what may have happened.