Merced police still trying to ID homicide victim

rparsons@mercedsunstar.comMarch 17, 2014 

— Merced police on Monday were still working to confirm the identity of a man shot and killed over the weekend.

“We have a name and have spoken with people we believe were family, but we still need to confirm a positive (identity) through fingerprints,” Sgt. Scott Skinner said.

An autopsy is expected to be completed Wednesday, police said.

The victim was found shot numerous times about 8:51 p.m. Saturday on a neighbor’s porch in the 400 block of West 12th Street. He had no official identification on him. Detectives found check stubs in his pockets that provided leads to his identity, police said.

Skinner said the man lived in an apartment two doors away from where his body was found.

The man, who has been described as between 45 and 50, died at an area hospital about an hour after he was found, despite the efforts to stabilize him by police officers and paramedics at the scene.

Detective said they are working with few leads.

Saturday’s death marks the sixth homicide of 2014 in Merced County and the third in the city of Merced. The city had four homicides in 2013. All six homicides in the county have involved firearms.

Police are asking anyone with any information regarding Saturday’s incident to contact Detective Chris Russell at (209) 385-4707, or the Merced Police Department tipster line at (209) 385-4725. Information via anonymous text messages can be sent to the department by dialing TIP411 (847411) and including the word “ComVIP” as the keyword in the text message.

Staff writer Rob Parsons can be reached at rparsons@mercedsunstar.com or (209) 385-2482.

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