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Man Accused Of Fatally Stabbing Housemate After Workers Discover Human Skeleton Buried In Backyard

Human bones were found in his backyard. They belonged to the suspect's roommate.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A man has been arrested after a skeleton surfaced in his backyard. According to CBS San Francisco, 22-year-old Michael Christopher Sager was arrested and taken into custody on Friday after his housemate's buried bones were discovered.

According to Sacramento authorities, they believe that Sager fatally stabbed the roommate following a verbal argument in 2015. Workers who were renovating the house on Dundee Drive discovered the bones, which were an entire human skeleton, on December 26, 2017.

The victim is said to have been in his 20s, but no missing persons report was filed. No other information about the victim's identity has been released, including the exact date of the killing, and the investigation is ongoing.

The house was vacant at the time, and no other remains have been found on the property. The homeowner, Dimas Velasquez, was renovating the home after the previous tenants were evicted in November for not paying rent and leaving the property in poor condition. He was shocked by the discovery of the human bones. 

"No one would ever think they would come across a situation like this," Velasquez said.

He explained, "It was so much trash back there and we didn't notice anything until we got most of the trash removed, and a cat was digging at an area, and my friend found it."

Sager is reportedly a local of the area. He attended Foothill and Highlands high schools and worked as a machine operator at the Sacramento printing shop Dome. He was fired from that job in January 2017. Per Velasquez, the suspect was dating a person who lived in the house. 

"He was the boyfriend of the daughter who lived there," Velasquez said. "When I found out, I was shocked. I would have never thought it would have been him."

Velasquez is currently being held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail. He has no criminal history listed under his name, and he is slated to appear in court today. It is unclear if he has an attorney who can speak on his behalf at this time.

Authorities are seeking help from the public on the case. If you have information related to the crime, suspect or victim, please call 800-222-7463 or 916-443-4357, or report online at crimealert.org.

[Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff's Office]

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