MAGNA — An autopsy confirmed Wednesday that someone killed a Magna woman in the basement of her home.
Natalia Casagrande, 24, suffered multiple injuries Tuesday that were not self-inflicted or accidental, police said. Her death is being investigated as a homicide, but investigators were not willing Wednesday to disclose what type of injuries she suffered.
The body of Casagrande, a mother of two, was discovered by her husband just before 7:45 p.m. He had been texting his wife while at work but became suspicious when she abruptly stopped returning his texts, said Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell.
After not hearing from her for about an hour, he went home, 7715 W. Jefferson Road (3685 South), to check on her.
The distraught husband called 911 shortly after discovering his wife's body, reporting that she was found in a "pool of blood," Bell said.
The first arriving paramedics and police officers immediately found circumstances in the house that were "suspicious and not straightforward," Bell said. Some of those suspicious items included blood and obvious trauma to Casagrande.
The lieutenant did not disclose Wednesday where on her body the trauma was located. Detectives were initially unable to determine if the injury was caused by being hit with blunt force or if it was a gunshot, but it was not an injury consistent with someone falling and hitting their head, he said.
Neighbors reported seeing a white car at the home about an hour before Casagrande's husband returned home.
"Neighbors had seen a suspicious car an hour or so before pull up to that house. They heard what they thought was a loud bang, like the car hit something in the garage or hit the house. (They) thought they heard glass break," Bell said.
No structural damage was found to the house or the garage.
Casagrande has two daughters, ages 5 and 18 months. They were in the house at the time of their mother's death, Bell said, but it was unknown Wednesday if they witnessed what happened or where they were in the house.
On Facebook Wednesday, several people posted messages of condolence.
"My heart is so torn right now, I can't believe this is real. Rest in peace," one man wrote.
"Can't stop crying. She was such an amazing person," a woman wrote.
"My heart hurts for her and her family. Natalia was such a beautiful woman inside and out," another woman wrote.
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