Sheriff's Department identifies body found in Loomis

20-year-old victim lived in Del Paso Heights
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The Placer County Sheriff’s Department has identified a body found Friday adjacent to the Del Oro High School back parking lot in Loomis. A woman walking in the area about 6:30 a.m. discovered the body of Charsha Rene Smith, 20, of Del Paso Heights, about 10 feet from Boyington Road near the intersection of King Road, the Sheriff’s Department said in a press release Saturday. There were no obvious signs of trauma on Smith’s body that would indicate a cause of death. There’s also nothing to indicate she had any connection to Del Oro High School, according to sheriff’s Lt. Jeffrey Ausnow. “We’ve been at the scene all morning,” Ausnow said Friday. “There is no obvious cause of death. We are treating this as a homicide.” He said the body appeared to have been placed at the location sometime during the night and the victim was most likely killed elsewhere. A forensic autopsy will be conducted Monday, the Sheriff’s Department’s said. Investigators processed the scene and utilized the California Highway Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team to interpret and document tire tracks in the area. Sheriff’s detectives are continuing the investigation. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at (530) 886-5375. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash award for information leading to an arrest or arrests may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-923-8191. - Joyia Emard