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Loomis man died from 'blunt force trauma'

Victim was 24-year-old Rudy Ramos
By: Joyia Emard Gold Country News Service
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Authorities have announced the results of an autopsy performed Wednesday on Rudy Ramos, 24, the victim of a homicide in his Loomis home on Monday, Sept. 14 In a news release, Dena Erwin, spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, said the preliminary cause of Ramos' death appears to be blunt force trauma. The official cause of Ramos' death, however, will not be determined until toxicology results are made available in 6 to 8 weeks. Erwin said Monday that a friend of the man who rented the home had attempted to make contact with him. When his phone calls went unanswered, he went to the home on the 3700 block of Berg Lane in rural Loomis and discovered his friend's body. Erwin said there was trauma to the body and signs of an altercation. According to Nina and Evan Cloutman, who live two houses away, the home was a rental and the gravel lane where it is located is normally a pretty quiet place. They said a man, woman and two children lived in the house. A child’s bike leaned on the front porch of the tan, stucco home where the body was found. Toys littered the front yard. Neighbors said they have not seen any of the occupants since Saturday. Nina Cloutman said that one of the children living in the home was a kindergartner at a local school. The other child was a toddler, she said. “It’s sad. They’re a family like we are. I’m not afraid. I’m more concerned about the little girl and her mom,” Cloutman said. Erwin said the Sheriff's Department had located and spoken with the woman on Monday evening. Nick Denton lives three doors down from the house where the body was found. He said he was friendly with the man who lives there. The couple, Denton said, had lived in the home for about six months after moving from North Highlands. “I saw him Saturday afternoon. He was so nice. He worked all the time,” Denton said. Denton said the man worked at Sierra Pine where he mills lumber. According to Denton, the man told him he had a medical marijuana prescription. Denton did not think he was growing any marijuana on the property. On scene Monday evening were Placer County homicide investigators, the county Crime Scene Investigation team, and personnel from the state’s Department of Justice Bureau of Forensic Services. The investigation is ongoing.