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A suspect in the murder of a San Jose woman was found dead in San Benito County this afternoon of an apparent suicide, San Jose police said today. Troy Edward Nosenzo, 50, was found in his car, which was parked on the side of state Highway 129 west of U.S. Highway 101, according to Sgt. Jason Dwyer. Nosenzo appears to have committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills, but the actual cause of death has not yet been determined by the medical examiner’s office, Dwyer said. Nosenzo is wanted in connection with the murder of a woman found dead in her home on the 6100 block of Evangeline Drive Friday morning.
Police were alerted to a possible problem at the home when 911 dispatchers received a hangup call from the residence. Dispatchers attempted to call back several times, but received no answer and eventually dispatched an officer. There were delays before officers could reach the scene, however. Police in the area were occupied with an incident in which a car had driven into a residence, and once officers arrived, around 6:19 a.m., they found their way blocked by two aggressive dogs.
It was only after the dogs were taken into custody by animal control officers that police entered the home and found the victim, a 54-year-old San Jose woman, unconscious on the floor. The woman, whose identity is still being withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police announced Nosenzo was wanted as a suspect in the homicide later that day. The homicide is San Jose’s 41st this year.
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