ROCKLIN — A teenage boy accused of killing a 13-year-old girl fled from their northern California home after her mother found the body in a bedroom and was caught after a short manhunt, police said Wednesday.
Authorities were trying to determine the relationship between the 14-year-old boy and the victim, Ashley Wood, who lives in the same house. Her mother discovered the girl dead Tuesday in the affluent bedroom community of Rocklin, about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento.
It appears she died of head injuries, police said. The boy ran, and authorities tracked him down after about 40 minutes and arrested him. Police won’t identify the boy because he is a minor.
Police have not yet interviewed the victim’s parents to determine the teens’ relationship because they were too distraught, police Capt. Lon Milka said.
“We will give them time to get through this,” Milka said.
Neighbors told Sacramento television station KCRA (http://tinyurl.com/hzg2qs8 ) that the residents of the house kept to themselves.
“Well, most of the time (they) were inside the house,” Mary Alvarez said. “You know she got a swimming pool and always taking good care of the kids. I don’t know what happened.”