By Angela Musallam

LINCOLN (CBS13) — The suspect who police believe killed a woman in Lincoln on Wednesday morning took his own life hours later along Interstate 80 near Truckee.

Police spotted the suspect’s car and tried to do a traffic stop, but that’s when the suspect sped off and eventually shot himself.

Around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday, police say witnesses reported hearing gunshots on Lincoln Airpark Drive. Officers found the body of a woman in a garage.

Friends of the victim say she lived in the quiet Lincoln neighborhood with her two sons and her brother with no problems, until Wednesday morning.

It was a 20-year friendship suddenly taken away from a devastated Esther Bengel.

“Our boys got along really well, I have a 7-year-old and they would hang out all the time,” said Esther.

Esther says the victim is a mother of two twin boys who recently moved to the quiet Lincoln neighborhood, after she says, her former home was trashed by her ex-boyfriend.

Although Esther describes the victim as a kind, loving woman, she painted a different picture of her relationship with her ex.

“He had been stalking her since last year. He clogged the drains around her house, stabbed her mattresses, broke all her TVs and technology. Then he flooded the house and ruined it,” Esther explained.

The victim’s housekeeper, Jenny Augst, was at a loss for words when she heard what happened.

“I feel terrible for her kids,” cried Jenny Augst.

Jenny says she saw the victim last Friday when she came to clean her home. She says the mother was all about her twin boys, and always seemed happy.

“I never heard anything or saw anything bad, they seemed to have everything together,” Jenny continued.

Jenny says the victim was getting ready for a trip to Maui in a few weeks and was talking about how excited she was to go on vacation. It was also one of the last conversations she shared with her best friend.

“I’m gonna miss our kids growing up together, I’m gonna miss being old with her,” exclaimed Esther as she broke down.

Lincoln Police have not identified the suspect.

Comments (2)
  1. Hello, I am the CEO/Executive Director of Stand Up Placer, the nonprofit designated by the State of California to serve victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Placer County. I want to express how deeply saddened we are about what has happened here in our community. If you or someone you know needs help, please do not hesitate to call our crisis line at 800-575-5352. We are here to help 24/7. We have an emergency safe house with 55 beds, 26 housing units for 12-24 months, assistance with restraining orders, support groups, therapy and so much more. If you would like more information on how you can get involved with Stand Up Placer, please visit our website at

  2. Edwin Barker says:

    Too bad, another nut ball gone loose. Should have been in jail!

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