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No signs of foul play in Gustine death, police say

The body of a 32-year-old man found in the side yard of a Gustine residence Sunday morning has been identified as Gustine resident Richard Gobble, police said Monday.

Sgt. Jim Hamera said an autopsy Monday determined there was no evidence of blunt force trauma. Still, the case remains open, pending toxicology results from Gobble's autopsy. Chief Doug Dunford said the autopsy showed no outward signs of foul play.

On Sunday, some minor injuries on Gobble's body caused police to be suspicious. As a precaution, they'd launched a criminal investigation.

Gustine police and medical personnel were dispatched around 9 a.m. to the scene in the 700 block of South Avenue after a report of an injured person. It was initially reported as a medical call.

The Newman Police Department and Merced County Sheriff's Department assisted with the investigation.

— Sun-Star staff

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