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Sheriff's officers find 15-year-old boy dead near Turlock

Stanislaus County sheriff’s investigators found the body of a 15-year-old boy this morning who appears to have died of a gunshot wound, authorities said.

The coroner’s office had not yet released the victim’s name or ruled on a cause of death. Sheriff's spokesman Royjindar Singh said around noon that the death was likely a suicide.

Around 8:30 a.m., investigators responded to the Mountain View area west of Turlock near West Linwood Avenue and South Moffett Road for a report of someone in the middle of the road bleeding, said Lt. Mario Cisneros.

But when investigators arrived, they found the teenager dead in a shed on the property.

Authorities ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 521-4636. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.