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A Sacramento County man faces multiple felony counts in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found five days after she was reported missing by her family in late January.

Mikilo Rawls, 37, was arrested Friday, 10 days after authorities discovered the body of Emma Roark, 20, of Rancho Cordova in a remote area near the American River, authorities said.

Rawls faces one count of murder with three particular circumstances, which makes the case eligible for the death penalty, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

He was also charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy and an allegation that he bound or bound Roark during the attack, prosecutors said.

Authorities said Rawls had previously been convicted of first-degree burglary, meaning he would face a second strike under state law if found guilty.

Although there were homeless encampments in the area where Roark’s body was found, Rawls’ housing status was not clarified by authorities, who said he had moved to the Sacramento County area.

“The circumstances of this murder are horrific and our condolences go out to Emma Roark’s family,” Dist said. Atti. Anne-Marie Schubert.

Roark’s family reported her missing around 6 p.m. on Jan. 27, six hours after she was last seen leaving her residence, according to the Rancho Cordova Police Department.

Authorities from multiple agencies launched an extensive search, eventually finding his body on Feb. 1 in the El Manto River access area, police said.

“This type of violent crime tears at the fabric of community safety,” said Chief Deputy Jim Barnes of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m proud of the staff at the Sheriff’s Office, which includes the Rancho Cordova Police Department, who stood up to protect our community and solved this brutal crime.”

Evidence found on Roark’s body linked Rawls to his death, police said.

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