|Dead body found in car identified
Santa Rosa resident appears to be victim of homicide and was wanted in Santa Rosa for domestic violence
The Sonoma County Sheriff's office continues to investigate what appears to be a homicide after finding a body wrapped in a blanket in the trunk of a car parked along Petaluma Hill Road next to Sonoma State University on Monday, Jan. 14.
Lt. Dennis O'Leary, who is heading the investigation for the Sheriff's Office, said the victim was identified as Sean Francis Parker, a 31-year-old Santa Rosa resident who also had an address in Vallejo. The body, O’Leary said, was probably dropped off near SSU sometime on Saturday evening. A cause of death has yet to be determined, but authorities said it was a suspicious death because of the location and condition of the body.
Santa Rosa police had been looking for Parker for three days as he was suspected of assaulting a former girlfriend. O’Leary could not say whether his death and the domestic violence case were related. Parker also had a pending misdemeanor domestic battery case in Sonoma County, which occurred on Nov. 6, according to court records. O’Leary said he believed the Nov. 6 incident involved a different woman.
A deputy, at around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14, made a routine stop to check on the car because it was parked in a no-parking zone on Petaluma Hill Road just north of East Cotati Ave. A DMV check of the car's license plate showed the vehicle was associated with a subject wanted for questioning in a crime that occurred on Jan. 11 in the Santa Rosa area. Upon further investigation, the deputy saw evidence inside the vehicle he believed could be associated with the Jan. 11 incident. He noticed blood in the
front seat of the car and outside the car.
The deputy found the trunk to be unlocked and discovered Parker’s body upon opening the trunk. The car may prove vital in finding out who left Parker’s body in the trunk. O’Leary said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating blood found inside the car to see if it matches that of his former girlfriend, Parker or another person or persons.
An autopsy was performed on Parker, but the results have not been released.
Deputies closed Petaluma Hill Road between East Cotati Avenue and Rohnert Park Expressway for several hours on Jan. 14.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 565-2185.