On April 1, 2018, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District responded to a structure fire in the 7500 block of Costa Mesa Circle within a North Highlands neighborhood.
During the initial response, Fire District personnel located a deceased female inside the structure and suspected arson may have played a role in the cause of the fire. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District’s collaborative Arson and Bomb Task Force was requested to respond. Investigators determined the cause of the fire was arson and suspected the female was the victim of a homicide.
Sacramento Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives were notified of the incident and a possible suspect was later identified.
On May 9, 2018, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives arrested 37-year old William H. Thomas of Sacramento in connection with the murder of the victim in this case, who was identified as 28-year-old Aryanna Lynn Doyle of Rio Linda, California.
Thomas, who was already in custody for an unrelated matter, will remain in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail and is being held without bail due to his charges.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton