Man Arrested after Shallow Grave Discovered

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Mario Beltran’s booking photo (Courtesy: Modesto Police Department)


Modesto Police say the discovery of a shallow grave in a rural area has led to a murder arrest.

A statement from the city’s police department says detectives investigating a man’s disappearance along Broyles Road.

Investigators found a shallow grave, police say, which contained who they believe to be the missing man. Officials have yet to positively identify the body.

Police arrested 28-year-old Mario Beltran on suspicion of murder. He was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail.

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