Rosa Romero, Found Dead in Her Apartment, Was Awaiting a Massage Client: Update

See update at the bottom of the next page on the victim being a massage therapist who had a client coming to the residence she shares with her husband and children.

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 8, 8:48 A.M.: Two family members who went to Rosa Romero's apartment in the 1000 block of West Broadway in Anaheim Saturday evening later made a frantic call to first responders after discovering the 40-year-old was dead.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide, Anaheim police revealed Sunday.

Investigators are still awaiting autopsy results to determine how the woman died, but significant injuries to her body and a large amount of blood found near her indicated her death came at the hands of another, according to Sgt. Bob Dunn, the department spokesman.

Anaheim firefighters received the call from family members at the first-floor apartment around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, and Romero was pronounced dead at the scene.

Because it was still light outside, someone may have seen something happening at the apartment that can help investigators, said Dunn, who urged anyone with information to contact Anaheim Police at 714.765.1900. Anonymous tips can be left with OC Crimestoppers at 855.TIP.OCCS.

UPDATE, JULY 11, 11:15 A.M.: Rosa Romero was a therapeutic massage therapist who was waiting for a client to show up at her residence before her two teen sons found her dead on the massage table in a pool of blood.

Romero, who advertised her massage business under the name Senora Rocio, lived with her husband and three sons in the apartment in the 1000 block of West Broadway, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn, the department spokesman, who added there was no indication she was doing anything illegal there.

Her family members told KCAL9 news that they were usually in the apartment when she served clients, but on that fateful Saturday night she was alone. She would usually phone or text a prospective client before an appointment, but Dunn said police did not recover a phone or weapon at the scene. It also does not appear robbery was a motive, he added.

One son told KCAL that if a client asked his mother for anything more than a massage, she would send them away.

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