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CERES-

A body was found in a freezer in an abandoned auto shop, according to Ceres Police.

The body was discovered by the building’s landlord Monday afternoon on East Whitmore Avenue, under a mile west of Highway 99.

UPDATE: Man Arrested in Connection with Body in Freezer

A man hired to tow cars away from the building found the freezer, and the body inside. The landlord and police were alerted.

Nearby businesses told FOX40 they had no idea anyone was even renting the space currently.

Investigators have not yet identified any specific details about the body, and have not officially ruled it a homicide.

Anyone with information that may be helpful in this case is encouraged to contact Detective Perry at (209) 538-5730, or email him at derek.perry@ci.ceres.ca.us. Anonymous tips can also be reported to Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers by calling 1-866-60-CRIME, texting tips to “274637” with TIP704 in the wording, or by visiting their website here.

Greg Cotta and Zohreen Adamjee contributed to this report.

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