May 27, 2014

Death of man found near Highway 99 ruled homicide

The death of a man found decomposing near a Highway 99 offramp earlier this month has been ruled a homicide, Modesto Police said Tuesday.

The death of a man whose decomposing body was found near a Highway 99 offramp earlier this month has been ruled a homicide, Modesto police said Tuesday.

Sgt. Ivan Valencia said the man likely had been dead at least two weeks when his body was discovered May 17 in an open field on the bank northwest of the Tuolumne Boulevard exit from Highway 99 in west Modesto.

His body was so badly decomposed police have not been able to identify him, Valancia said. He would not say how the man died.

Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying the victim. He is described as a Latino or non-Latino white male, possibly in his 20s. He was 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6 in height and weighed about 140 to 150 pounds. He was wearing a gray T-shirt, black pants and a pair of Circa-brand black high-top skate shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters also may text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Type TIP704 along with the message.

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