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April 17, 2017

Arrest Made in Janet Mejia’s Murder

On April 17, 2017, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives will be add-booking Teris Vinson, 25, of Sacramento for the murder of Janet Mejia.  Vinson was arrested on April 13, 2017 for unrelated weapons charges, and has remained in-custody since that time.

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.

Vinson will be add-booked for murder, and will be ineligible for bail.  He will be scheduled for arraignment on the murder charge in Sacramento Superior Court on April 19, 2017.


Sergeant Tony Turnbull

Sheriff’s Spokesman

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