Merced County sheriff's detectives were investigating a possible homicide Thursday after a body was found the day before in an orchard near Highway 59 and Dickenson Ferry Road south of Merced.
Deputy Ed Katen said the identity, gender and age of the victim were not being released Thursday. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.
The Sheriff's Department also is not releasing any details about the suspected homicide, Katen said. More information will become available after the autopsy.