Denver police Thursday asked Modesto residents for information that might solve the brutal murder of a 19-year-old man from Modesto.
On April 25, 2004, a neighbor found Joshua Bersuch's body burning in an alley behind his north Denver home, according to police. He also had been beaten and stabbed.
Before his death, Bersuch had moved from Modesto to Denver to study at Westwood College of Technology. His mother, Anita McKinley, has said she can't understand why anyone would do this to her son, according to a Modesto police news release.
Almost six years later, investigators still search for new leads in the cold case and believe someone in the Modesto area may have in- formation about Bersuch's death.
Denver police Detective Joseph Delmonico has said he needs information about who knew Bersuch and who would want to kill him in such a vicious manner.
There's no indication Bersuch had any enemies in Denver.
"Apparently he was having some trouble in California," Delmonico has said. "He came here; maybe someone from California followed him out here."
Investigators are still searching for a motive, but they are certain the killer wanted the body found and wanted the cruelty of his death to be known.
Investigators ask anyone with information about this case to call the Denver police Cold Case Unit at 720-913-6677 or Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail information through the Crime Stoppers Web site, www.modestopolice.com/ CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.
Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2394.