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Parolee linked to Sacramento-area homicide may be in San Diego

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Posted at 3:33 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 18:33:32-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities asked San Diego-area residents Wednesday to be on the lookout for a parolee wanted in connection with a recent Northern California homicide.

Joshua Thomas Vaden, 30, is suspected of murdering a South Sacramento man last month, according to police.

Relatives who had been unable to contact 49-year-old Army veteran Demian Michael for days found him slain in his home on the afternoon of April 14. Detectives soon identified Vaden as Michael's suspected killer, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office.

Vaden is a transient with gang ties and prior arrests for vehicle theft, resisting officers, carjacking, assault, battery, robbery, burglary, lewd acts with a child and failure to register as a sex offender, officials said. He is believed to have fled to Southern California, possibly the international border area in San Diego.

He is described as black, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing roughly 180 pounds.

Anyone who may have information about the suspect's whereabouts is asked to call 800-222-7463.