Homicide investigators are looking into a possible connection between two bodies found miles apart in Lodi and near Twin Cities Road this week.
On Thursday morning, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy, who was conducting routine patrol along a dirt levy road near Snodgrass Slough off Twin Cities Road, west of Interstate 5, discovered a female body about 20 feet from the levee road, according to Sgt. Lisa Bowman, spokeswoman for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.
On Friday, homicide detectives were still unable to identify the body. Bowman said the remains were burned beyond recognition, and detectives are asking the public to help identify the body, believed to be a woman possibly between the ages of 35 and 45 years old.
On Jan. 18, a fisherman discovered a body in the Mokelumne River, near a railroad trestle about 200 yards from Mokelumne River and Awani drives. The San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s Office boat crew responded and removed the body from the water.
The county Coroner’s Office identified the body as 28-year-old John Charles Garcia.
The San Joaquin and Sacramento County Sheriff ’s departments classified each investigation as a “suspicious death.”
Bowman said that investigators are aware of the body found in the Mokelumne River and are trying to determine if there is a link “because of the geographical area.”
When contacted Friday, Deputy Les Garcia, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Sheriff ’s Office, said, “The investigation is ongoing. No additional information is available.”
He declined to comment on whether investigators are also looking into a connection.
Bowman said an outside agency contacted the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday night to investigate whether the body is linked to an unsolved homicide in its jurisdiction. The victim’s body in that case has not been found. Bowman declined to provide any further information about that case.
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