Nov. 04–OAKLAND — Two people are in custody for the brutal killing of an Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Explorer found beaten, stabbed and partially burned in an East Oakland park, police said Friday.
The suspects, a woman and a man who live in Oakland, were being interviewed by homicide detectives as of Friday afternoon. Their names were not released.
“I am confident we have the right persons in custody,” Oakland police Lt. Roland Holmgren said.
The body of Karla Ramirez-Segoviano, 21, of San Leandro, was found just before noon Thursday in a creek near an entrance to Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in East Oakland at 77th and Krause avenues.
Police did not immediately release her exact cause of death, but considered the case a homicide from the beginning. Holmgren said Ramirez-Segoviano suffered blunt force trauma, was stabbed multiple times and had burns on the upper portion of her body, suggesting the suspects tried to cover their tracks.
Police said the suspects were apprehended as the result of follow-up investigation by homicide detectives, patrol and Crime Reduction Team officers. The female suspect had a friendship with Ramirez-Segoviano but authorities would not elaborate on the relationship.
Holmgren did not release the motive other than to say the slaying was not related to her volunteer work as a police explorer and was more a personal matter. Evidence suggests she was killed in the park, he said.
Prior to her body being found, the sheriff’s office was investigating the case as a missing person.
Ramirez-Segoviano had last been seen about 10 p.m. Wednesday in San Leandro.
Ramirez-Segoviano, 21, a graduate of San Lorenzo High School, volunteered for about four years with the sheriff department’s Explorer program, which offers programs and volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults who have an interest in law enforcement careers.
As one of the program’s senior volunteers, she mentored younger explorers, sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. Many participants have gone on to become law enforcement officers, officials said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly had said Thursday that it was very unlike Ramirez-Segoviano to not come home Wednesday night. She was supposed to be at work Thursday afternoon and she did not show. “This behavior is uncommon,” he said.
She was last seen dropping off her cousin on 136th Avenue in San Leandro around 10 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Deputies were able to pick up a license-plate recognition hit on her white 2013 Chevy Cruze around 12:30 a.m. near West A Street and Happyland Avenue, but she has no known friends or acquaintances in that area, Kelly said.
Holmgren said he expects charges will be filed against the two suspects for homicide and possibly other related crimes.
The Sheriff’s Office informed her family and fellow explorers of her death on Thursday.
“You can only imagine the parents’ disbelief and grief,” Nelson said.
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