Crime

Man found dead in Turlock home's front yard

Stanislaus County sheriff's detectives on Sunday were investigating the death of a 59-year-old man found Saturday night in the front yard of a home.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Sheriff's officials had not released the man's name or city of residence as of Sunday afternoon.

About 9:15 p.m., sheriff's deputies were sent to the 200 Block of I Street, just southwest of South First Street in Turlock. The deputies were responding to a report a man found dead outside the home in the unincorporated neighborhood.

The deputies arrived and found the man in the home's front yard. Sheriff's officials said the man had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper body.

Detectives were called to the scene to collect evidence and question any potential witnesses in the area. Investigators did not have any suspect information.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said there was no information that links the Turlock homicide to the deaths of two women found dead west of Newman Friday night.

Authorities responded to Orestimba and Bell roads near Interstate 5 and found a 29-year-old Patterson woman and a 27-year-old Newman woman. Emergency crews attempted CPR on the victims, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.

About 10:40 p.m. Friday, a 911 caller reported a drive-by shooting in the remote area just east of Interstate 5, where the women were found shortly after. On Sunday, sheriff's investigators did not release any further details about the double-homicide investigation.

Bejaran said it's possible investigators on Monday will release the names of the two women killed.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the Turlock homicide on Saturday night to call Detective Adam Rodriguez at (209) 525-7093. Anyone with information about the deaths of the two women found west of Newman should call Detective David Hickman at (209) 525-7042.

Tipsters also can call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636 or send an email through the Crime Stoppers website, www.stancrimetips.org. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

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