One of the seven bodies found buried outside a boardinghouse was identified as that of an alcoholic who spent most of his life on the streets, but authorities don't know how he or the others died.
The body of Benjamin Fink, 60, a former resident of Dorothea Puente's Victorian boardinghouse in downtown Sacramento, was identified Monday through fingerprints, said Sacramento County Coroner Charles Simmons.No further information was released on Fink. His brother, Robert, told reporters last week that Fink had been a chronic alcoholic since age 17 who spent most of his life on the streets in Sacramento and had moved into the Puente boardinghouse earlier this year.
Puente, 59, remained in jail without bail on a murder charge. Authorities said they expected to file further charges soon.
Simmons said his office had completed autopsies on six of the seven victims and would finish the seventh autopsy Tuesday. He said a final report including toxicology studies would be completed sometime next week.
Despite the extreme decomposition of most of the bodies, good fingerprints were obtained from at least three and there are still "better than 50-50 chances" of determining the cause of death, the coroner said.