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Who's That Running in the Video? Detectives Release More Info

Authorities say they know with more detail when Jessica Funk-Haslam was killed.

The video is about as clear as a home movie claiming to show Bigfoot, but authorities are hoping it'll yield some new information into the investigation of a Rosemont student's homicide.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department released a home surveillance video Thursday showing a shadowy figure running near Rosemont Drive and Contempo Drive between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 5. The person shown in the video isn't considered a suspect, but detectives "would like to identify the person, however, to determine if the individual has any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding this case," according to a press release.

Sheriff's Department spokesman Dep. Jason Ramos said detectives believe was likely killed between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on March 5.

"This belief is based on information gleaned from witness statements regarding activity at the park during that time frame the evening before the victim’s body was discovered," Ramos said in a press release.

Ramos also said detectives believe Jessica left her mother's apartment just outside of Rosemont a few hours prior to her death, then took a light rail train and a bus to the area of Rosemont Community Park. She was likely killed there, Ramos said.

"There is no evidence to suggest that she was killed elsewhere and brought to the dugout," Ramos said in an email.

The sheriff's department is urging any residents with information about the case or the identity of the person in the video to come forward:

"Anyone having information regarding this incident, or who knows the individual depicted in the video, is asked to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, or send a text message tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000."

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Justin Cox (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 11:37 PM
The helpfulness off that video seems like a stretch, but I guess you never know. That's Big Foot-style all the way.
sheryl March 16, 2012 at 03:40 PM
People believe the person might be skateboarding not running.
Cody Kitaura (Editor) March 16, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Thanks for the comment, Sheryl. I saw that discussion on the neighborhood watch Facebook page. It's amazing how much effort neighbors are putting into the effort on this whole case. Do you think the release of this video and the new information might mark some kind of a turning point in the investigation?
Rick Painter March 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Looks to me that this individual actualy tries to avoid being seen by the on coming car, they dash into a bush then move up to another only to circle back and run in the same direction they had just come from ? I know we are all searching for answers but my gut says this is more than coincidence.
jamie March 18, 2012 at 08:39 PM
That person definitely looks like they are running and trying to avoid being seen. I looked at the legs and I could tell they were more in a running motion than a skateboarding motion...especially coming back towards the camera after the cars pass. Definitely suspicious. I wonder if the person who is on this video has talked to detectives yet? Or, do they even know this video exists? Interesting....
Denise March 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
It looks like the kick-push action of a skateboard. See the smoothness in-between the active leg movements? I wish there was more we could do - it feels alarming to think there's some person or people who are homicial out there while this is going on unsolved.
mike bernard March 26, 2012 at 09:15 AM
I also have that gut feeling the person running in the video is no coincidence,running is one thing but ducking in and out and hiding when the car comes by and then hightailing it back in the other direction,somethings up with that, the person or persons that killed Jessica I feel she may have met on FB or another social network and might live in the area where the park is, I hope that's the case so they can find the coward

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