A person of interest has been detained after authorities say a young California mother was murdered, KOVR-TV reports.
The body of the victim, 26-year-old Candice De Anda, was discovered Friday in her vehicle near her home. Police arrested someone on an unrelated charge and described this individual as a person of interest in De Anda’s death, although details of how she died have not been released.
“We do know the suspect we have arrested is known to the victim,” Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler told the television station.
Investigators believe De Anda was last seen Tuesday at her home where she lived with her husband and two children.
Neighbor Marvin Marney said the family had recently moved in. He said he didn’t interact much with his new neighbors but had heard an argument occurring at the residence.
“I heard something one day but it was real brief so I just kind of didn’t pay too much attention after that,” Marney said. “But now that I think about it I should have said something.”
Marney added that he talked with De Anda’s husband after she disappeared and he seemed worried.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Marney added.
Authorities determined the circumstances were suspicious and returned to the couple’s home Friday evening. They found her body shortly after that, according to the television station.
While De Anda’s children are being cared for, police have not said whether the husband is the person of interest.
“We are committed to a very thorough investigation to make sure we establish who committed this crime and provide answers for her family and loved ones,” Chandler said.
To report information about De Anda’s disappearance, call the Sacramento Police Department dispatch center at 916-808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-HELP (4357). Tipsters, even those who wish to remain anonymous, may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
[Feature Photo: Candice De Anda/Sacramento Police Department]