Updated at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2015
A report of a foul odor Wednesday led to the discovery of the bodies of a county employee and her teenage granddaughter in their home near Mount Helix.
Two women flagged down California Highway Patrol personnel about 8 a.m. and told them about the smell surrounding their friends’ house in the 4100 block of Avoyer Place in Casa de Oro, sheriff’s Lt. Kenn Nelson said. The officers checked inside and found the bodies on a bed in a back room.
The District Attorney’s Office identified the deceased woman this afternoon as 56-year-old Marshelle Newby, a criminal-division legal secretary who had been employed by the agency for 23 years. Neighbors told news crews the other body was that of Newby’s 16-year-old granddaughter, Emily.
What caused the pair’s deaths was not immediately clear, according to Nelson, who said they appeared to have been dead for about a week.
“There are no signs of forced entry or a struggle,” the lieutenant said. “There are no outstanding suspects in this case.”
A note was found near the bodies, according to Nelson. He declined to disclose its contents.
The county Medical Examiner’s Office was called in to take custody of the bodies for identification and autopsy purposes.
— City News Service