Crime

January 24, 2014

Authorities identify victim in Westley homicide

Authorities on Friday identified the victim in a homicide Thursday as Steven Miller, a 35-year-old Grayson man.

Authorities on Friday identified the victim in a homicide Thursday as Steven Miller, a 35-year-old Grayson man.

A volunteer firefighter en route to work found Miller along Howard Road near the Delta Mendota Canal in the Westley area early Thursday. The firefighter originally called the matter in as a possible hit-and-run accident.

Responding deputies and emergency medical personnel found Miller had been shot, and the California Highway Patrol turned the case over to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives remained on the scene until Thursday afternoon, looking for evidence.

Investigators are not releasing any further information, Sgt. Keith Rakonzca said Friday, including how many times Miller was shot and whether they believe the incident happened where he was found or elsewhere. They also have not said if they have developed any suspects, but no arrests have been made.

“It’s an active investigation,” Rakonzca said.

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