A body was found late Friday afternoon in the brush downhill from the southbound exit to Highway 99 near G Street.
Merced Police Detective Joe Deliman determined there were no suspicious circumstances which would make it a crime scene, but said the case will remain open until the autopsy has determined the cause of death.
Police estimated the victim had been there for at least a week. The victim's identity was unknown at the time of this publication.
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