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Body found off Highway 99 and G Street identified as 19-year-old Gustine man

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES
Detective Joe Deliman of the Merced Police Department takes photos of an unidentified body that was found lying in the brush downhill from the southbound exit to 99 off of G street late Friday afternoon.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY LISA JAMES Detective Joe Deliman of the Merced Police Department takes photos of an unidentified body that was found lying in the brush downhill from the southbound exit to 99 off of G street late Friday afternoon. Merced Sun-Star

A body discovered Friday off Highway 99 and G Street has been identified by Merced police as 19-year-old Leonard Roldan Bugarin of Gustine.

Although investigators are still trying to determine Bugarin's cause of death, police say there is no evidence of foul play, according to Sgt. Scott Skinner.

Bugarin was reported missing on July 17, after he walked away from the Marie Green Psychiatric Center in Merced, Skinner said.

Deputy Tom MacKenzie, spokesperson for the Merced County Coroner's Office, said results of an autopsy conducted in the case this week are not yet available.

The body was found late Friday afternoon in the brush downhill from Highway 99, near 13th and G streets.

— Victor A. Patton

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