Release Date/Time: 7/28/2013 1:43 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Sunday, 7/28/2013

Time: 7:55 AM

Location: 719 S. Main St. (Willow Lodge)

Officers responded to the Willow Lodge located at 719 South Main St. in regards to a report of an gunshot heard, explosion and possible fire in one of the rooms.  As Officers arrived on scene with Salinas Fire Department, a check of the property revealed a fire had been set inside a motel room along with evidence of a related small explosion.  Located in the room was a deceased adult female who appeared to have been shot.    The fire inside the motel room was small and was extinguished quickly after the explosion was heard and smoke was seen coming from the room. Salinas Police detectives are investigating the death as a homicide.  The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

Anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226 or the Salinas Police Department Watch Commander at (831) 758-7250.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250