Roseville needs help with homicide investigation
ROSEVILLE, CA – The Roseville Police Department is looking for witnesses that may have seen a man who was found dead near Dry Creek in May.
Roseville detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone with information about the disappearance and death of 19-year-old John Paul Alpert of Palmdale. He was reported missing in March.
On May 15, someone fishing in Dry Creek near Atkinson Street found the body of Alpert near the creek bed. Roseville Police detectives and crime scene investigators examined the scene and collected the remains. It appeared that the person had been dead for a few months.
By all accounts Alpert was a responsible man who had never been in trouble with the law. He lived at home with his parents and was attending community college. In March of this year, he left Palmdale to travel north with a group of illegal freight train riders.
Alpert had never illegally ridden the rails before and soon after his departure he stopped communicating with his family. Concerned for his safety, his family reported him missing to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on March 25.
On March 10 Alpert posted on his Facebook page, “im at the crossroads and for the first time, im scared.”
Detectives believe that Alpert arrived in Roseville on a freight train between March 16 and 17, where he met his death. His body had unexplained injuries consistent with blunt force trauma, and detectives have classified his death as a homicide.
Detectives need help and information from the public. Anyone who has any information about Alpert’s death, or who saw Alpert in Roseville in mid-March, or had any contact with freight train riders in Roseville around that time is asked to call the Roseville Police Department’s Investigations Unit at (916)774-5070.
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