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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Sunday November 25th, 2018 :: 06:29 a.m. PST


Body Found Buried Behind Modesto Home

Modesto CA – Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Detectives are investigating a possible homicide after a body was discovered buried in the backyard of a home on the 100 block of Santa Rita in Modesto on Saturday (11/24/18) afternoon.

Just before 3:00 PM, deputies were dispatched to the home when a resident called in to report that they may have found human remains buried in the backyard. The resident was digging a hole to bury a pet that had recently died, when they uncovered the remains. When deputies arrived on scene, they confirmed that the remains were human and detectives were called out to the scene.

Detectives worked throughout the evening to exhume the decomposing body. Detectives have not yet been able to identify the victim and an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause and manner of death.

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are encouraged to contact Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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