November 4, 2008

'Suspicious' death under investigation

Police are investigating what they called the "suspicious" death of a man whose body was found in a north Modesto apartment early Monday.

Police identified him as 44-year-old Matthew David Wilson of Modesto. They initially provided a different age and incorrect photograph of Wilson.

He was discovered about 3:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Bridgeford Lane, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, Modesto police spokesman.

The man was socializing with a group of men in an apartment on Bridgeford, Findlen said. Some of them, including the victim, walked to another apartment, where a fight took place, he said.

Police said Wilson participated, but they have not determined whether he was a victim or an instigator.

After the fight, police say, Wilson appeared to go to sleep. Someone checked on him later and found he was not breathing, Findlen said.

The apartment was not the dead man's home, he said.

Findlen said officers are conducting interviews to uncover details.

"Detectives are actively working and following up on leads as we speak," Findlen said. "We're investigating it as a homicide at this point. They need to determine whether a crime occurred."

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at or 578-2235.

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