Central Valley

Body found on side of north Modesto road

The body of an apparent homicide victim was discovered on the side of a country road in north Modesto this morning.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 5:45 a.m. from a woman saying she saw what she believed was a man lying on the side of Costner Road about 50 feet from Carver Road, according to Lt. Charles Grom.

Deputies confirmed the man was dead and that he had suffered visible injuries to the back of his head, Grom said. He could not say if they were caused by a gun or from some object.

The man’s identity has not been released, but he was described as white, in his 30s and from Modesto, Grom said.

Grom said investigators still are trying to determine if the man died where his body was discovered or if he was placed there after being killed. He said evidence at the scene — the positioning of the body, the lack of drag marks from a potential vehicle — suggest that it wasn’t a “body dump.”

“It appears he died there, but we can’t find any means,” Grom said.

He said investigators think the body had been there for up to 12 hours.

Grom said there are no suspects. He said the man did have identification on him, and at this point, investigators are using that to follow up on his history and gain other information that might help them determine what happened.

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