On Friday, 22-year-old Michael Christopher Sager was arrested for murder after a body was discovered in a shallow grave in the back yard of a North Highlands home.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department began the investigation the day after Christmas after receiving a call of bones in a backyard in the 6200 block of Dundee Drive.
The department says deputies found some of the remains, which had surfaced from beneath the ground. Patrol deputies and homicide investigators identified the bones as human and spent the next two days unearthing an entire human skeleton.
Investigators believe Sager stabbed the victim to death after an argument and buried the body in the summer of 2015.
Sager is being held without bail at the Sacramento County Jail.
No one was living on the property at the time the body was discovered. The remains were discovered by workers who were renovating the home.
The remainder of the property was checked by investigators. They found no other remains.
The identity of the victim will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office.