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Officials seek help from community in case of woman's murder

By: Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
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El Dorado County Sheriff's officials are asking for the public's help in solving a murder mystery. The body of 49-year-old Linda Husumi Murray, of Sacramento, was found March 2 off Salmon Falls Road in Pilot Hill. At this point it is unclear how the victim ended up in Pilot Hill. Her white, four-door Chrysler PT Cruiser was found March 3 near Howe Avenue and Hurley Way in Sacramento. Anyone who may have seen her or knows her or anyone who may have seen the car is asked to contact the department, said Sgt. Brian Golmitz, spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department. Murray was last seen alive Feb. 29 around 9 p.m. in the Sacramento area by family members, he said. The cause of death is not obvious and should be determined by forensic autopsy, Golmitz said. We are considering this a homicide until proven otherwise, he said. The cause of death is still pending at this time and there were no signs of obvious trauma to the body. The Sheriff's Office received the call around 12:30 p.m. March 2 from an individual who reported seeing the victim's body off the side of the road. Detectives are following all leads to locate the suspect or suspects. Murray is described as 5 foot 7 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds with blond hair and brown eyes. Anybody with information regarding this incident should call the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office at (530) 642-4707 or (530) 642-4710. The Journal's Penne Usher can be reached at penneu@goldcountrymedia.com or post a comment on auburnjournal.com.