Smell leads to body in Modesto field

A man's body was found in an open field, near a Highway 99 off ramp, in Modesto Saturday morning.

A resident who lives near the field in the 300 block of Tuolumne Boulevard found the body around 8:40 a.m., Modesto Police Sgt. Ivan Valencia. The resident smelled a "foul odor" and went outside to investigate; in the field the resident saw what appeared to be a human body and called police.

Valencia said officers were not able to determine the man's age or race due to the body's decomposition.

The body was taken to the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Valencia said the incident is considered a death investigation.

Anyone with information about the body is urged to call the Modesto Police Department at (209) 521-4636.


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