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Modesto Police Department News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sgt Rick Applegate,
Release Date: Friday, March 8, 2013, 12:00:00 AM

Suspicious death investigated


Release Date: March 8, 2013 

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, Ca. 95354

Author: Sergeant Rick Applegate


Suspicious death investigated


Modesto, CA- Detectives are investigating the suspicious death of a Modesto man as an arson and burglary.   


Modesto Firefighters responded to a structure fire this morning in the 1700 block of Judy Court.  Firefighters discovered an unresponsive man in the garage of the residence.  The male, in his twenties, was transported to a local hospital where he was declared deceased.  The body has been identified but investigators are not releasing his name until his family can be notified.  Evidence at the scene suggests that a burglary and arson had occurred.      


Investigators are asking anyone with information about this murder to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636.  Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637.  Just type “TIP704” along with your message.