Woman Found in Manteca Dumpster Aspired to be a Lawyer

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The San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department announced the identity of the woman found dead Saturday in an alleyway dumpster.

Kelly Darlene Marelich was 22 years old, originally from Manteca. Her family’s home is just a four-minute drive from where her body was found, in a dumpster between H&R Block and Big 5 Sporting Goods off South Main Street.

Marelich’s neighbors said she grew up in a nice, quiet family. She was attending college, hoping to become a lawyer.

FOX40 found one surveillance camera right above where Marelich’s body was found. The building’s owners said they have turned over their footage to the Manteca Police Department.

The San Joaquin County coroner has not released the cause of death.

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