Man’s body found in a field, Merced Police investigate as suspicious death


Investigators are searching for answers after a man’s body was found in a field, in the City of Merced.
Police say the discovery was made early Tuesday morning, near West Main and V Streets. 
Authorities are investigating the case as a suspicious death.
The area of the scene was blocked off for several hours.
“It’s really spooky and scary they found a body down the street, the last few years years the crime in this area has gotten really bad,” says John Brauchler, who works nearby.
Several investigators combed the streets, looking for evidence. 
After police say a garbage truck driver discovered a man’s body in a field around 7 a.m., near West Main and V Streets. 
“Based on the condition of the body it appears it occurred sometime last night,” says Lt. Jay Struble, with the Merced Police Department.
Struble says the victim is a Hispanic man in his late 20s to early 30s. 
Officers say the death is suspicious and say the victim’s wounds are consistent with some type of struggle. 
“Based on the injuries we can’t rule it on our observations as a homicide,” says Struble.
Adding, “We have to wait for the Merced County Coroners Office to determine the official cause of death.”
Police say the victim does not appear to be homeless, but say he did not have any identification on him.
Struble says they are searching through their missing person files for anyone who may match the victim’s description. 
Police also asking the public’s help. 
“Once we find out who he is we’ll make contact with the family and maybe the family will be able to enlighten us to his life or what he may have been doing last night,” says Struble.
Police also say they are looking over surveillance video from some of the businesses in the area. 
Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Detective Nelson at (209) 388-7759, or the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. 
The public can send information via anonymous text messages to police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.

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