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* Bay Cities Auto Auction Double Homicide Of Security Officer Of Manheim San Francisco Bay Still Under Investigation

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Police said they don’t yet know the motive for a double homicide this morning outside a Hayward auto auction company, although a company spokeswoman said the deaths occurred during a robbery.Lt. Chris Orrey said one of the victims was a security officer who was an employee of Manheim San Francisco Bay, which previously was known as Bay Cities Auto Auction.Orrey said the second victim was a truck driver who apparently was delivering or picking up vehicles at the car-auction lot, which is located at 1901 Addison Way in Hayward.Police have not released the names of the victims. Orrey said police don’t yet have information about a motive for the homicides or a description of the suspects.She said there’s nothing to indicate that the suspects did anything to contribute to their murder.Manheim officials said the homicides may have resulted from a robbery but Orrey said police haven’t been able to confirm that. She said police dispatchers received a report at about 5:30 a.m. today that a vehicle had struck a pedestrian on Addison Way, outside the car-auction lot.Patrol officers who responded found a man lying in the street, Orrey said, and Hayward Fire Department paramedics pronounced the man dead.When police searched the large facility, they found a second victim in the parking lot, Orrey said. Paramedics determined that the man was also deceased.The causes of death have not yet been confirmed, according to Orrey.Orrey described the deaths as “two separate victims” because they weren’t immediately adjacent to each other but said the murders “could be related.”Hayward police and K-9 units from the Alameda County Sheriff’s office and the BART Police Department searched the grounds thoroughly but no suspects were located, Orrey said.Manheim’s headquarters is in Atlanta and the company has 30,000 employees at 130 auto auction sites around the world, according to the company’s Web site.Manheim is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, which also is based in Atlanta. Cox is a communications, media and automotive services company. The deaths are the fourth and fifth homicides in Hayward so far this year. There only were seven homicides in Hayward during all of 2009,Orrey said.

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