Atwater police identified 51-year-old Alfonso Orejel Aceves as the man found stabbed and beaten to death Thursday.
Aceves had been living out of his 1980 Ford Econoline 250 van, which he would often park in the empty lot along Atwater Boulevard where he was found, according to the Atwater Police Department.
He would also park his van outside of his relatives’ homes.
He had been working at the Dole processing plant as recently as Wednesday, Detective Armando Echevarria said.
Aceves was found by a passerby lying on the ground outside his van, which is now being processed by the Department of Justice forensic lab.
Investigators haven’t determined a motive for the homicide.
Aceves’ death marks Merced County’s 17th homicide this year, according to the Merced County Coroner’s Office.Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (209) 357-6396 or the tip line at (209) 357-6390.