Grass Valley woman dead, Colfax man suspected of homicide

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A Colfax man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of homicide after the death of a Grass Valley woman in what the Placer County Sheriff’s Office is describing as a domestic-violence incident. Lee Konnerth, 35, was taken into custody after deputies responded to a request for assistance from an off-duty police officer at a residence on Catskill Drive, south of Colfax Sunday evening. The Sheriff's Office identified the victim Monday afternoon as Sarah Burr, 30, of Grass Valley. The off-duty officer was in the area and heard a gunshot. He went to investigate and discovered a female victim lying on the porch of the residence, Lt. Mark Reed said Monday. The officer detained two males at gunpoint until deputies and medical personnel arrived. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Reed said all parties knew each other and the death appears to be the result of a domestic violence incident. Burr was Konnerth's girlfriend, Reed said. Cause of death has yet to be determined but preliminary indications are that Burr died of a gunshot wound, he said. Detectives arrested Konnerth for homicide and he was booked into the Placer County Jail. The other male was released after questioning. Catskill Drive is located in the rural, unincorporated Weimar area of Placer County off Canyon Way, in what is commonly called the Sleepy Hollow subdivision. Reed said the investigation was continuing Monday. This report will be updated as more information becomes available.