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Possible Suspect in Custody in Connection to Body Found in U-Haul

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SALIDA —

A man found dead in a U-Haul in Stanislaus County has been identified as a 31-year-old Phoenix man and a possible suspect is in custody.

Andres Serrato (Courtesy: Stanislaus County Sheriff's Dept.)

Andres Serrato (Courtesy: Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Dept.)

Joshua Luck’s body was found with a gunshot wound to the upper torso inside a moving truck parked on Wallasey Way in Salida on Sunday, Stanislaus County detectives said.

During the investigation, detectives determined Luck was shot in Phoenix, Arizona, and his body was transported to Salida after he was killed.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department has been working with the Phoenix Police Department on the investigation.

According to the Phoenix Police Department, Luck was threatened by his neighbor, 24-year-old Andres Serrato, during a verbal altercation in which Serrato allegedly displayed a gun to Luck on Nov. Thursday.

Phoenix police say that Serrato apologized to Luck and asked him to help him move the next day, offering to pay for his help. Luck had not been seen since around 3:30 p.m. that day and did not show up for work over the weekend.

On Saturday, Serrato was arrested in Modesto on domestic violence and weapons charges.

Sunday, a missing person’s report was filed with the Phoenix Police Department for Luck. Luck’s body was discovered inside the U-Haul that Serrato had driven to California later that day, Phoenix police said.

Based on evidence obtained in Phoenix and the investigation by Stanislaus County investigators, Phoenix detectives have initiated the process to have Serrato charged with the homicide of Joshua Luck.

Serrato remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call detectives at (209) 525-7073.