RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Authorities have released video of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the murder of 37-year-old Rajneet Singh Saturday.
VIDEO: Man wanted for questioning shown in video
Sacramento County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tim Curran said the video, released Sunday, is from a card room on Folsom Boulevard near where Singh's body was found on Mills Park Drive New Year's Day. The video shows a black adult playing cards and walking through the establishment during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2011.
Curran said detectives have been told Singh was also at the card room at the same time and was seen with the unidentified man shown in the video.
The man is a person of interest in the investigation and detectives would like to speak to him as they determine Singh's whereabouts just before her death, according to Curran.
Singh's friend Lynda Reed saw her hours before she was found dead on New Year's Day. Reed set up a makeshift memorial for Singh -a woman she said she's known for years.
"We went to celebrate New Year's," said Reed. A vigil for Singh will be held Monday at 6 p.m. at the corner of Mills Park Drive and Folsom Boulevard.
Jim Tucker found Singh's body by the light rail tracks near his backyard fence on Saturday around 11 a.m. Singh's family lives just down the street. According to investigators, there were no obvious signs of trauma. Police said they're doing what they can, digging up clues, figuring out what happened to Singh.
Rancho Cordova Police Chief Doug Diamond said, "The challenge is we don't have an eyewitness."
Police and neighbors said the Mills Park area has seen its share of trouble with drugs, robberies and assaults.
"We're trying to get crime down. It is a concern to us because it's higher than the average throughout the city," said Diamond.
Rancho Cordova resident Ryan Lundquist founded a Neighborhood Watch Association in the area four years ago.
"We all have petty crime. Hopefully, this will be a catalyst to begin talking in greater depth as residents and neighbors," said Lundquist.
Reed said she greeted Singh on New Year's Eve inside a bar just across the street from the tracks where Singh was found. According to the bar owner, Singh would visit once or twice a week. On New Year's Eve, Reed saw Singh at the bar. Later in the evening, Reed saw Singh when they both showed up at the same apartment party across the street. Then, Reed said she lost sight of Singh.
"She went out the door with this man," said Reed.
Police still don't know exactly what happened to Singh, other than she was found dead and naked from the waist down. "She didn't deserve this," said Reed.
Anyone who knows the identity of the man shown in the video, or who may have seen or spoken to Singh from 8 p.m. on Dec. 31 to the morning of Jan. 1, should contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department at (916) 874-5115.
By Suzanne Phan, firstname.lastname@example.org