For the first Saturday of 2014, there’s an eerie quiet in one Stockton neighborhood – two days after police say this place became the site of a gruesome homicide.
“It’s been some time before we’ve actually had a case this horrific,” said Officer Joseph Silva with the Stockton Police Department.
‘Horrific’ because tips led officers to the bloody evidence of a life taken at a Mist Trail home – but no body.
Then they found a human torso burning in a fire at a Groveland campsite, one where they also found 38-year-old Bryan Cook.
“They located inside the suspect’s vehicle a dismembered body of an adult male,” said Silva.
Officers now say the remains belong to 48-year-old Michael Shane Jones.
After Cook’s arrest Friday, cops were also able to put the cuffs on a second accused killer found in Tuolumne County – 49-year-old Valentina Paz.
Paz and Cook once lived at home on Mist Trail with Jones.
“It’s Stockton … what can you say? I’m glad they caught them but yeah, that’s pretty strange,” said a man who only wanted to be identified as Justin.
Justin lives just one house away from Cook’s alleged killing grounds on Mist Trail and believes he’s had his own run-in with him.
“I think that guy was yelling at me for ripping a dirt bike up and down the street, so it’s weird,” he said.
Others there were too afraid to talk about what’s happened – one woman telling FOX40 she has four kids and didn’t want to get involved.
Just two hours after Stockton Police say they solved their first homicide of the year, they’re facing the second – the oldest of six brothers killed by a walk-up shooter on East Iris avenue while visiting friends.
Jayl Calbert’s family is shocked by the loss.
“Just to see him like this … it’s devastating,” said Noel Calbert, one of Jayl’s brothers.
Police suspect this homicide is gang-related and have no description of the killer.
If you have any information about Calbert’s death, you’re asked to give Stockton Police a call.