Body Found in North Bay Trunk Identified

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    Sonoma County sheriff's detectives Tuesday said a body found wrapped in a blanket in the trunk of an abandoned car near Sonoma State University was a 31-year-old man who had been slain. Christie Smith reports. (Published Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013)

    The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has identified a 31-year-old  man found dead in the trunk of a parked car at Sonoma State University on  Monday as Sean Francis Parker.

    Parker, who investigators say was murdered, had addresses in Santa  Rosa and Vallejo, sheriff's officials said.

    Lt. Dennis O'Leary said Parker was a suspect in a domestic  disturbance that occurred Friday in Santa Rosa. The female victim of the  disturbance is not a suspect in the murder, O'Leary said.

    After the disturbance, Santa Rosa police had issued a "be on the  lookout" alert for Parker and a gold sedan associated with him, O'Leary said. 

    According to the Santa Rosa police log, a "be on the lookout"  bulletin was issued at 2:40 p.m. Friday in relation to an incident at Fourth  and D streets.

    Sheriff's deputies found the gold sedan parked in a no-parking  zone on Petaluma Hill Road north of East Cotati Avenue around 6:30 p.m.  Monday, O'Leary said.

    Deputies checked the license plate and learned that the vehicle  was linked to the Santa Rosa domestic disturbance, O'Leary said. It is  believed the car had been there since Saturday afternoon or evening, he said. 

    Deputies saw blood on one of the car's seats, then found Parker's  body wrapped in a blanket inside the unlocked trunk. The gold sedan belongs  to the murder victim's family, O'Leary said.

    Parker has a criminal history in Sonoma County, and some of the  people he is associated with are involved in gangs, O'Leary said.

    Neither Parker nor the female domestic disturbance victim attends  Sonoma State University, O'Leary said.