Stanislaus sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbing scene, a dead body in the back of a U-Haul truck parked on Wallasey Way near Durley Drive Wednesday afternoon in Salida. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide, according to Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Spokesman Anthony Bejaran.
The victim was a black male, about 30 years old, according to deputies. The man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
“At this point, we don’t know what the circumstances are that led to the death of this person. Detectives will work through the night processing the crime scene,” said Bejaran.
Deputies got a call around 3:30 p.m. tipping them off to the truck and arrived at Wallasey Way 10 minutes later. The person who called 911 was interviewed by detectives but was not arrested.
It’s unclear at this point to whom the U-Haul was contracted. Bejaran says deputies will track down whether it is the same person and whether the person is involved in the homicide.
“We’ve got to determine an identification of our victim, who the driver was, who is on the contract for the U-Haul and what the relationship is to the people who called us,” Bejaran said.
Neighbors who did not want to be identified said they remember seeing the U-Haul truck parked on their street for two days.
Bejaran said the body was found among furniture in the back of the truck. Though there’s more investigating left to do, he says it’s no coincidence the truck was parked on Wallasey Way.
After a tow truck pulled the U-Haul away and deputies cleared the police tape, they continued to investigate one specific home on Wallasey Way, across the street from where the truck was parked.
No arrests have been made in connection to the death.
Bejaran asked that anyone with information call the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.