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Police identify body of man found in Ceres motel

After prolonged efforts to track down family in Mexico, Ceres police identified the body of a man shot to death last month.

Jesus Maya, 26 of Modesto, was found dead outside Room 133 of the Howard Johnson Hotel on Herndon Road on the morning of Oct. 29. Maya died of a single gunshot wound to the back.

He was not a registered guest at the motel. People interviewed at the scene did not hear a gunshot, and police have not recovered a weapon

It is unknown whether Maya was shot at the hotel or a different location.

Sgt. Jose Berber said police have not determined a motive and have no vehicle or suspect description.

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