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Police investigation continues in Santa Rosa sidewalk slaying

Police detectives spent Friday trying to reconstruct the final days and weeks of a young mother and one-time Cloverdale High School student who was found stabbed to death on a busy Santa Rosa street early Thursday morning.

Michela Anne Wooldridge, 24, had recently been homeless but has family around Northern California, including her father and brother, who live in Lakeport, her mother in Humboldt County and a 2-year-old son who lives with his father in Clearlake.

But her life had fallen apart in recent years because of her use of drugs, mostly methamphetamine, said former boyfriend Nick Azbill. She seemed unable to quit, despite several attempts at rehabilitation and the ongoing support of family and friends, he said.

Wooldridge came to Santa Rosa about a month ago to try again at the Victory Outreach Women's Christian Recovery Home in Santa Rosa, according to Azbill, police and mission personnel.

She stayed about a week, leaving Oct. 11 with a man she met in Santa Rosa, Azbill said.

Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Dave Linscomb said Wooldridge apparently stayed at several local shelters in recent weeks, but investigators were still piecing together her last few days, and had no suspect. It was not clear if she'd been in the company of a man.

Linscomb said she quickly made friends and acquaintances in the homeless community.

"We're just trying to find people who might know her and that type of thing, and trying to track down her timeline," he said Friday.

Wooldridge was found dead around 5:20 a.m. Thursday when runners came across her body sprawled in a driveway between Bertolone Realty and The Lamp and Shade Shop on Fourth Street just east of College Avenue.

Police said she had multiple stab wounds, but there were otherwise no signs of a struggle, robbery or sexual assault that might have provided some context or clue to her death.


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