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Missing man's body found near Sonora

SONORA — Authorities on Wednesday unearthed the body of a man believed to be a missing northwest Modesto resident. He had been buried in a shallow grave in the Tuolumne County foothills.

Detectives arrested the man's roommate in connection with his death.

Hubert Henry McKinley Jr., 65, was last seen Dec. 1. His body was found buried in the grave beneath several inches of snow about 20 miles northeast of Sonora, said Sgt. Brian Findlen, a Modesto police spokesman.

He said detectives Tuesday arrested the man's roommate, Albert Moss, 55, on suspicion of murder. Moss was being held Wednesday night at the Stanislaus County Jail without bail.

The investigation into McKinley's disappearance began Dec. 5, when he was reported missing. Patrol officers referred the suspicious case to detectives.

Findlen said the detectives questioned Moss, who became the focus of the investigation in recent days. Moss reportedly directed detectives to where the body was believed to be buried in an area just south of Highway 108 and east of the small town of Sierra Village.

Cadaver dogs were used to confirm the grave's location. About noon Wednesday, detectives uncovered the body of a man believed to be McKinley.

Stanislaus County coroner officials recovered the body late Wednesday afternoon, but had not positively identified it.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.