Body Found on Side of Road in Stanislaus County; Sheriff’s Department Investigates

MODESTO -- A death investigation is underway in Stanislaus County after a body was found on the side of the road, deputies said.

At 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, someone called 911 to report a body found on the side of Wellsford Road near Parker Road.

A county public works employee had been cutting the grass on the shoulder of the roadway when he saw the body. The employee called 911.

When deputies arrived they found what they believe to be an adult's body on the east side of Wellsford Road.

It is not known how long the body had been on the side of the road. The identity of the person and the cause of death will be released after an autopsy is completed.

Another woman's remains were found in the same area just over a week ago.

Thirty-year-old Valerie Smith's remains were found less than two miles away eight days ago.

Some area homeowners think the two deaths might be connected and are growing concerned.