The Alameda County coroner's bureau has released the name of a Castro Valley woman found dead in a suspicious fire at her home last Tuesday.
Andrea St. John, 59, was found dead in her garage in the 1800 block of Grove Way.
A fire reported at the one-story house at around 2:45 a.m. is being investigated as arson. Investigators think the fire was set in the attic to destroy forensic evidence related to St. John's death, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
The autopsy revealed that St. John's death was likely a homicide, according to the sheriff's office. Firefighters didn't find anyone else at the home, fire officials said.
Sheriff's officials said St. John has been a long time resident of Castro Valley and was a well-respected community member.
Investigators don't know why anyone would want to kill St. John and are asking for help. Anyone with information about this incident has been asked to call Alameda County sheriff's officials at (510) 667-3636.