Authorities on Friday confirmed the identity of a 65-year-old woman who was found dead inside a Los Banos home Tuesday, police said.
Officers found Carolyn Ninomiya, of Los Banos, dead about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 800 block of Auction Drive in a gated neighborhood called Four Seasons.
On Wednesday, Los Banos police arrested Denise Lai, 47, of San Jose, on suspicion of murder in connection with Ninomiya's death.
Lai was being held at the Merced County Jail on Friday without bail, according to a Los Banos police news release.
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Detectives did not release any further details, including the cause of death, fearing it could harm the investigation.
The woman's death is the city's second homicide this year, Los Banos police said, and they ask anyone with information about this death to call Detective Justin Melden at 827-7070, ext. 114, or Detective Jason Hedden at 827-7070, ext. 146.