Woman's body found floating in Modesto's Dry Creek

Modesto police are investigating the death of woman whose body was found this afternoon floating in Dry Creek, about a quarter-mile east of the footbridge between Kewin and Moose parks.

Lt. Gary Watts said a woman walking along the creek spotted the body and called 911 at 12:53 p.m. Firefighters waded into the creek and pulled the body out of the calf-deep water, Battalion Chief Mark Johansen said.

Watts said the woman was wearing clothes but did not have any identification. He said there was no sign of trauma, such as a wound from being stabbed or shot. Detectives were checking missing person files and an autopsy could be performed as early as Monday.

Watts said it’s difficult to estimate, but he suspects the woman had been in the water for no more than two days.

“We are investigating this as a suspicious death,” he said. “We don’t know whether it was an accident or a slip and fall. It could be a suicide. It could be a homicide. At this point, we just don’t know.”

Watts declined to release details of the woman’s appearance, such as the color of her hair and eyes.

He said he did not want to cause any undue alarm among families of missing women while detectives determined the woman’s identity.

Bee staff writer Kevin Valine can be reached at or 578-2316.

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