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Bay Area murder suspect thought to be headed to Lake County or surrounds

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Gary Costa, 37, is being sought in connection with the murder of a Bay Point, Calif., woman. Photo courtesy of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office.



 


LAKE COUNTY – Bay Area authorities are searching for a man wanted in connection with the murder of the mother of his child and who is believed to possibly be headed to the North Coast region, including Lake County.


The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office has identified 37-year-old Gary Costa as a suspect in the killing of 26-year-old Sarah Morgan of Bay Point, according to a statement released by sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.


“He is still outstanding,” Lee told Lake County News on Thursday about Costa's status.


An arrest warrant for homicide was issued for Costa relating to Morgan's murder, Lee reported.


Shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday Morgan was found inside a residence on the 600 block of Medanos Loop in Bay Point by apartment maintenance workers who heard a fire alarm, according to Lee's report.


When the maintenance workers entered the unit, the fire sprinklers were on and they found Morgan inside, Lee said.


Firefighters pronounced Morgan deceased at the scene. Lee said deputy sheriffs who responded determined that a homicide occurred and notified detectives and the crime lab.


The exact motive for the killing is not known at this time, although Morgan and Costa

had a relationship, Lee reported. Costa also the father of Morgan's child.


Officials believe Costa may be in the Clearlake, Ukiah, Sacramento or Vallejo areas.


Costa is described as a white male, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 200 pounds, with red hair and green-colored eyes.


He was last driving a black 2009 Toyota Camry with California license plate 6GAF450.


Costa is a parolee at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, officials warned.


Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Costa or information on the case is asked to call Contra Costa County Sheriff's detectives at 925-646-2441.


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