MODESTO — The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has identified a woman who was killed early Sunday as Rachel Anne Ortega, 27, of Modesto.
Her body was discovered in a carport in the 500 block of Briggs Avenue about 6:30 a.m. The residents of the home are cooperating with detectives and did not know about the body until notified by detectives.
Detectives said Ortega appears to be a transient.
They are looking for a man she was seen with at Vintage Faire Mall last week. The two were visible on surveillance video. The man is not a suspect, but detectives wish to speak with him regarding Ortega.
Detectives are treating Ortega's death as a homicide but have not released her cause of death.
Anyone with information about this investigation can call Detective David Hickman at (209) 525-7042. You can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message, and possibly be eligible for a reward.