El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies converged on El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 12 after a construction worker found a woman’s body hanging in an enclosed trash area.
Though originally deemed suspicious — 911 calls made to the Sheriff’s Department the night before the body was discovered reported a woman screaming for help in the area — detectives have determined the victim, described as a Caucasian female, committed suicide, according Sgt. Jim Byers.
“We have absolutely no indication of any crime at all,” Byers said Monday. “We are unable to tie that (911) screaming call to our victim. There’s too much gray area there.”
Officials estimate the time of death sometime between 9 and 11 p.m. Monday, June 11.
Animal Services took a dog found resting in the shade next to the enclosure behind Town Center’s New Orleans Building about an hour after authorities were called at 9 a.m. last Tuesday. The dog belonged to the victim and has been reunited with family, Byers confirmed.
During the on-site investigation authorities cordoned off an area of the parking lot that serves businesses on Town Center’s southwest side, the closest of which is Reunion, a nightclub currently under construction on the New Orleans Building’s ground floor and just steps away from the trash enclosure.