ROCKLIN, Calif. — A mother came home Tuesday to find her daughter dead, prompting a manhunt for the suspect — a 14-year-old boy who fled into the woods before he was ultimately arrested, according to police.
Just before 11 a.m., the Rocklin Police Department responded to a 911 call from a woman, KTXL reported. The woman said she came home and found her 13-year-old daughter dead.
When police arrived, they found the teen girl in her bedroom with signs of blunt force trauma to the head. The girl died from her injuries, police said.
“He took off running in a field, a greenbelt area,” Rocklin police Capt. Lon Milka said.
After a 40-minute search, police took the boy into custody without incident. Police said a woman and the two juveniles live at the home. The suspect and victims are relatives, but their relationship is not known.
“Obviously shock, that’s the initial reaction,” neighbor Dan Chiesa said.
Neighbors said the home is in a safe community where many children play outside. Mary Alvarez never suspected something so violent from this family.
“I feel so sad for the family, and I know the kids. I saw them play all the time, the grandma takes care of them,” she said.
The FBI and Department of Justice are aiding in the investigation.