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Man arrested in wife's death at Santa Rosa mobile home park

A 65-year-old man called 911 dispatchers Wednesday and told them he had strangled his wife in their east Santa Rosa home, authorities said.

He told dispatchers he would be waiting for police by the front door of their home in Rincon Valley Mobile Estates, according to an initial report of the 911 call.

Santa Rosa police found the body of Virginia Caetano, 64, on the floor of the couple's living room with a ligature around her neck, Sgt. Dave Linscomb said.

Santa Rosa Homicide Investigation


They detained her husband, Dean "Sonny" Eliason, and booked him into the Sonoma County Jail late Wednesday on suspicion of murder, jail officials said. No bail was set.

The homicide investigation was the first in Santa Rosa in 2013.

The man made the 911 call at 12:18 p.m. and, after stating that he thought he'd killed his wife, told dispatchers he was depressed, according to initial reports.

When police arrived, they ordered Eliason to exit the home and took him into custody.

Officers cordoned off the yellow home on Cardinal Way, located in a tidy mobile home community near the intersection of Highway 12 and Mission Boulevard. A lush and colorful garden grew on either side of a short pathway to the home's entrance.

An animal control officer carried away the couple's brown and white terrier.

Across the street, neighbor Cornelliea O'Neill sobbed as she stood in her door, watching officers guard her friend's home behind yellow police tape.

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