SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento police are investigating a homicide after a missing woman was found dead. Police discovered the body of 26-year-old Candice De Anda in her car Friday night near her home.
They’re not saying how she was killed, they but do have a person of interest in custody, arrested on an unrelated charge.
“We do know the suspect we have arrested is known to the victim,” said Sgt. Vance Chandler with Sacramento police.
De Anda went missing Tuesday and was last seen at her home in the 3900 block of Branch Street in Sacramento.
Marvin Marney lives next door. He says De Anda, along with her husband and two children just recently moved in.
Marney says he didn’t have much interaction with the couple, but at one point did hear a disturbing argument taking place at the home.
“I heard something one day but it was real brief, so I just kind of didn’t pay it too much attention after that. But now that I think about it I should have said something” he said.
Marney says he spoke with De Anda’s husband after she went missing on Tuesday and he appeared concerned.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Marney said.
Detectives went to the couple’s house around 6:30 p.m. Friday to conduct a follow-up to the missing person investigation when they determined the circumstances to be suspicious. They discovered De Anda’s body a short time later.
“We are committed to a very thorough investigation to make sure we establish who committed this crime and provide answers for her family and loved ones,” Chandler said.
Police say De Anda’s children are safe and they have spoken with her husband, but would not say if the husband is the person of interest currently in custody.
The Sacramento Police Department encourages any witnesses with information regarding this homicide to contact the dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357) or submit an anonymous tip using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.