Search for missing Sacramento man is now a potential murder investigation

This story originally appeared on KCRA.

The search for a 73-year-old Sacramento man is now a potential homicide investigation, Sacramento police said Friday.

Risetruth Vang is believed to be a victim of foul play, police said.

“We haven’t found him,” Sgt. Vance Chandler said. “But based on the information that we have and the follow-up investigation our detectives have conducted, we believe it could potentially be a homicide.”

Vang was last seen on Monday at his home in the 2900 block of N. Meadows Place. Police said family members had not heard from Vang and he was not at his home.

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Officers initiated the missing person investigation on Wednesday. When patrol officers got to the apartment, they called homicide detectives.

“They suspected foul play,” Chandler said. “Then our homicide team took on the investigation based on what they learned on the scene.”

Investigators said Vang may be badly hurt or even deceased.

“We are seeking the community’s help,” Chandler said. “If anyone has information related to this incident, please contact our police department.”

The investigation is ongoing. Police said this is believed to be an isolated incident.

Neighbors said, for the most part, the apartment complex is quiet.

“Everyone keeps to themselves,” said Jesus Ibarra, who lives nearby. “It’s pretty calm here.”

Ibarra said Vang’s disappearance and the possibility of living near a crime scene are alarming.

“It is scary to think about something like that,” Ibarra said. “It’s just scary for me.”

No other details were released.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Sacramento Police Department at 916-808-5471 or Sacramento Valley CrimeStoppers at 916-443-4357.

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