Landscaping Laborer Arrested for Murder after his Supervisor is Found Dead
Photo: Miguel Jimenez
SAN RAFAEL — A landscaping laborer has been arrested for allegedly murdering his supervisor and burying his body near a job site. The victim’s body was found one day after he was reported missing by a family member.
David Nunez Sanchez, 42 of Pittsburg, failed to return home from work on May 11. He was last seen at a North Avenue apartment complex in San Rafael, by three landscaping crew members.
The victim had driven to the work site separately. When the other employees finished working, they left and assumed their supervisor was still at the job site.
The victim was scheduled to travel next to a job site in Oakland, but he never showed up. Nor did he return to his employer’s workplace.
One day later, a representative of Medallion Landscape Management Inc. traveled from Concord to check the San Rafael job site. The victim’s work truck was found locked and still parked there.
San Rafael police were immediately notified. Responding detectives located the victim’s cell phone in the truck and his lunchbox with untouched food inside.
Detectives searched the area nearby for about 40 minutes. They found the victim’s body buried under brush and tree branches.
Detectives questioned the laborers who were with the victim on the morning that he was last seen. One of the employees questioned at great length aroused suspicion, Miguel Jimenez, 33 of Bay Point.
In a prepared statement, SRPD says that Jimenez confessed to killing his supervisor. He was arrested May 12 at 8:42 p.m. and transported to Marin County Jail, where he remains in custody.
Jimenez was booked for murder. In addition, he also faces charges of false imprisonment and vehicle theft on a warrant from another jurisdiction.