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Authorities: Pleasants Valley fire death a homicide

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An artist's rendition of a large tattoo on a homicide victim's back. The victim was found in the debris from a fire on the 6700 block of Pleasants Valley Road in rural Vacaville. Fire personnel were called to the area to handle a structure fire in the early morning hours of July 9. The Solano County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in identifying the victim. (Daily Republic/Solano County Sheriff's Office)

VACAVILLE — Authorities confirmed Tuesday that the death of a man whose body was found in the debris of a July 9 fire at a nursery in rural Vacaville is considered a homicide.

Solano County Sheriff’s Office officials said the victim was an adult male, most likely a Hispanic or white person. The victim had several tattoos.

Due to the condition of the body, many of the tattoos cannot be identified. The victim has a large tattoo on his back of a dog smoking either a cigar or a pipe and some writings between his shoulders at the base of his neck, the Sheriff’s Office reported Tuesday.

Authorities on Tuesday released an artist’s rendition of the tattoo in the hope that it will help to identify the victim.

Deputy Daryl Snedeker said investigators are not releasing any information about the investigation, to include cause of death, at this time.

“Right now we’re thinking, ‘Let’s identify this guy,’ and we can go from there,” Snedeker said.

The fire itself is also still under investigation. The blaze occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on the 6700 block of Pleasants Valley Road, burned down a tractor shed and destroyed or damaged a number of plastic bins and storage pallets. Vacaville-area firefighters found the man’s body after they knocked down the fire.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Solano County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau at 784-7050.

Ian Thompson contributed to this report. Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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