5 years ago, 18-year-old Jennika Lee Suazo was found deceased in her residence on the 300 block of P Street in Eureka. For years, Eureka Police Department Detectives interviewed dozens of people, analyzed evidence, and waited for DNA results. After a thorough investigation, the Eureka Police Department completed its case in May of 2021 and forwarded it to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office with a request that 34-year-old Anthony Lee Hamilton be charged for the murder of Suazo.
Earlier today, Hamilton was formally charged for the murder of Jennika Lee Suazo. Hamilton has been in custody since 2017, on unrelated charges. Senior Detective Cosetti said, “Thank you to Jennika’s family and friends for their patience over the last five years. Your love for Jennika was strong throughout the entire investigation.”
On December, 9 2016, at approximately 12:46 pm, officers from the Eureka Police Department responded to the report of a deceased female at a residence on the 300 block of P Street in Eureka.
As the first officer arrived to investigate, he confirmed there was a deceased 18-year-old female found by roommates inside the residence. Eureka Police Detectives with assistance from investigators from the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office began an extensive investigation involving some 22 people residing in the residence.
An autopsy is scheduled for later this week and the female’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
At this time the female’s death is determined to be suspicious. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Detective Amber Cosetti at (707) 441-4300.
December 7, 2017 Release:
Nearly a year ago, on December 9, 2016, 18-year-old Jennika Lee Suazo was found deceased in her residence on the 300 block of P Street in Eureka. Detectives with the Eureka Police Department began an extensive investigation involving 22 people residing in the residence.
In June of 2017, the results of the autopsy were received and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxia. The case is being investigated as a suspected homicide. Eureka Police Department is still awaiting DNA laboratory results and continues to actively investigate this case. Detectives have kept the Suazo family informed during this process.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective Amber Cosetti at (707) 441-4300.