PATTERSON — Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found at the bottom of a Del Puerto Canyon ravine over the weekend.
Homicide detectives are calling this a death investigation and need to wait for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and how long the man has been dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
This is the second time in about a month that detectives have been called out to the canyon to investigate a death.
On Aug. 4, the bodies of two men who were last seen the night before in Redwood City were found bound and shot to death along Del Puerto Canyon Road about 10 miles west of Interstate 5.
A Sheriff's Department news release said it is too early to say whether there is a connection between this and the Aug. 4 incidents.
A Del Puerto Canyon resident reported finding a body in the ravine near mile marker 12 on Saturday. Deputies responded about 6:20 p.m. The first deputy to arrive climbed down about 300 feet to find the body at the bottom of the ravine.
The man has not been identified, and detectives said they have no witnesses and not many details regarding how the body ended up at the bottom of the ravine.
The canyon is popular with bicyclists and off-road vehicle enthusiasts and is home to Frank Raines Regional Park.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call Detective Jon McQueary at (209) 525-7099. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.