Police Arrest Man in Murder of Woman Found in Burned Garage

Vallejo police on Tuesday arrested a man who is suspected of killing a missing woman who was found dead in a burned garage last week.

Kimberlon Janiene Benard, 37, was reported missing by her family on May 29. She had no contact with her family since the previous day, police said.

When detectives went to Benard's home at 156 Sawyer St. to investigate around 11 p.m. on May 29, they discovered the garage was on fire. Police found Benard's body in the garage after Vallejo fire crews extinguished the blaze, and her death was ruled a homicide, police said.

Police identified Sherwood Ruffin, 40, the father of Bernard's three children, as the homicide suspect. Ruffin shared the house on Sawyer Street with Benard. He was taken into custody Tuesday at Broadway and West MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland, police said.

Ruffin was booked under no bail in Solano County Jail on a murder warrant and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday afternoon in Solano County Superior Court.

Police believe Ruffin had been driving Benard's silver 2002 Honda Odyssey, which is still missing.

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