The wife of a prominent San Francisco Bay Area lawyer was beaten to death over the weekend, and the investigation into her slaying remains “wide open,” a sheriff’s spokesman said Monday.
Pamela Vitale, 52, was found dead Saturday evening. Her husband, attorney Daniel Horowitz, 50, reported finding her dead at a trailer where the couple was living while they oversaw construction of a new home in the hills outside Lafayette, east of Oakland.
Medical examiners concluded that Vitale died from blunt trauma to the head, said Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department.
Lee criticized the “rumors and misinformation” surrounding the case, including reports Monday that an arrest in Vitale’s slaying was imminent.