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Police investigating discovery of body in downtown Modesto

Video from homicide scene in downtown Modesto, arrest made

Officers from the Modesto Police Department are investigating a possible crime scene where body was found in downtown Modesto on Monday, May 13, 2019. A suspect, Joseph Chapman of Modesto, was arrested Friday, May 17, 2019.
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Officers from the Modesto Police Department are investigating a possible crime scene where body was found in downtown Modesto on Monday, May 13, 2019. A suspect, Joseph Chapman of Modesto, was arrested Friday, May 17, 2019.

Modesto police are investigating what they have classified as a “suspicious death” after a body was found next to trash cans in a driveway behind several businesses in downtown Modesto.

The building at G and 18th streets contains several businesses including Ocean Asian Massage, which is nearest the driveway.

Some witnesses in the area said the body is that of a woman who was bleeding from the head. Late Monday afternoon, police confirmed it was a woman and said the case had been upgraded to a homicide.

No further information about the identity of the body, the manner of death or when the individual died has been released police.

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