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Coroner’s Office Confirms Identity Of Burned Body Found On Levee In Delta

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY (CBS13) – The Sacramento County Coroner’s office has confirmed the identity of the body found on the levee near Snodgrass Slough last Thursday.

The body is that of Melissa Clements, 30, of Sacramento.

Clements’ live-in boyfriend, 38-year-old Robert Juan Enriquez, was arrested for her murder Monday after a missing person’s report he filed for Clements revealed inconsistencies, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department statement.

The body, which was burned beyond recognition, was found last Thursday morning by a deputy on patrol and was tentatively identified as Clements.

Enriquez called 911 on Sunday reporting Clements left the previous day, but hadn’t returned. Deputies went Enriquez’s home and “noted physical similarities” between the woman and the body found near the slough. Enriquez was questioned further by detectives who say his story revealed inconsistencies. They also say they found more similarities between Enriquez’s girlfriend and the burned body.

Some neighbors say Enriquez often threatened his girlfriend in public.

“It’s just like, ‘I dare you,'” one neighbor said. “‘Even if you put your finger on me, I just dare you.'”

Enriquez was arrested Monday by Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of murder, DUI and domestic violence.

The circumstances and events leading up to the victim’s death have not been released.

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