The body of a man found by police inside a Merced home Sunday has been identified as 51-year-old Richard Mora of Fremont, according to the Merced County Sheriff's Department.
Deputy Tom MacKenzie, spokesman for the Merced County Coroner's Office, said the body was so badly decomposed tests had to be done to verify identity.
As a precaution, the Merced Police Department is treating the death as a homicide.
The home at 326 W. 20th St. had been under renovation.
-- Jonah Owen Lamb