SAN JOSE -- Police officially identified the woman found slain in her home a day before her husband -- and main suspect in the case -- was found dead of an apparent suicide in San Benito County.

While records showed that Patricia Nosenzo, 54, lived at the home in the 6100 block of Evangeline Drive with Troy Edward Nosenzo, authorities previously declined to identify her as the victim, although family members confirmed her identity.

She was found just before 8 a.m. Friday in the entryway of the home. Police on Tuesday did not release any additional information about the cause of Nosenzo's death or circumstances behind the crime.

The body of Troy Nosenzo, 50, was found inside his pickup truck parked at the side of Highway 129, west of Highway 101, shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Police said it appeared to be a suicide, likely the result of an overdose of sleeping pills.

His wife's body was discovered after someone called 911 around 5:38 a.m. Friday and hung up. Dispatchers tried calling back without success, but officers did not immediately check the home because the vagueness of the call forced them to prioritize other active calls, including a string of nearby auto thefts and a car that had crashed into a home about five miles away. A pair of hostile dogs also stalled officers from making entry while animal control was summoned.

Neighbors on the quiet street said the couple kept to themselves.

It was the city's 41st homicide of 2012, topping last year's total and putting the city on track to exceed the 43 killings recorded in 1997, which was a 20-year high.


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