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June 28, 2017

Death Investigation in Rancho Cordova

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on June 28, 2017, a Rancho Cordova Police Department motor officer located a white Toyota Rav-4 parked the wrong way on Rod Beaudry Drive in Rancho Cordova.  The motor officer noticed two subjects around the car.

The officer contacted a male and female adult around the vehicle, and after further investigation determined they were the owners of the car.  A records check revealed the male subject had an outstanding warrant out of the state of Arkansas.  Officers began searching the car, and located a child of toddler age underneath some blankets in the back seat.  The child was unresponsive and declared deceased at the scene.  There were no obvious signs of trauma.

Officers secured the scene and called detectives of the Sheriff’s Child Abuse Bureau and the Sacramento County Coroner to begin their investigation.  The exact age and cause of death of the child is unknown at this time.  The cause of death will be determined by the Sacramento Coroner’s office.  The male and female adults were detained and being questioned by detectives.

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 or by calling (916) 874-TIPS (8477).


Sergeant Tony Turnbull

Sheriff’s Spokesman

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department/

Rancho Cordova Police Department

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