In the late evening hours of April 11, 2017, 28-year-old Janet Mejia was reported missing by her roommate. The roommate stated Mejia was last seen around 9:00 a.m. that morning, when Mejia left her residence in the 7200 block of Pepperwood Knoll Lane in the north area of Sacramento County. Detectives were initially told that Mejia had a doctor’s appointment in Stockton that day and never arrived.
As the investigation continued, detectives learned that Mejia left her family’s residence in Stockton during the morning hours of Monday, April 10th. She was driving back to Sacramento, and was scheduled to work at 4:00 p.m. at Nordstrom’s in Roseville. She never showed up for work.
In the afternoon hours of April 12, 2017, deputies located Mejia’s vehicle abandoned in the Arden-Arcade area. According to family and friends, Mejia’s disappearance was out of the ordinary for her, and she was usually in constant contact with her family.
A little before 7:00 p.m. on April 13, 2017, Homicide investigators located an unidentified deceased female just off the roadway in the area of Watt Avenue and Dyer Lane in Placer County. Detectives processed the scene. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy, and positively identified the victim as Janet Mejia. Preliminary findings of the autopsy showed Mejia suffered from a gunshot wound and was a victim of homicide.
Homicide detectives do not believe this was a random murder. A person of interest is currently in custody on unrelated criminal charges pending forensic testing.
Detectives are asking anyone with information relating to this incident, to please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (916) 874-5115 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP. Tip information may also be left anonymously at www.sacsheriff.com or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).
Sergeant Tony Turnbull