Homicide suspect arrested after roommate’s body found in Stanislaus County canal

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The Latest – Wednesday, May 12:

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department says a homicide suspect has been arrested after a man’s body was found in the California Aqueduct.

Investigators say 62-year-old Anthony “Tony” Pistoia’s roommate, 33-year-old Juan Ramon Haro Ortega, is suspected of killing Pistoia at their home on Tern Way in Patterson.

Pistoia’s body was found in the canal in the area of McCracken Road, just north of Interstate 5.

Ortega is being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center and faces charges that include homicide and assault.

An autopsy will be performed Wednesday and the cause of Pistoia’s death has not been determined.

Anyone with information about the homicide has been asked to contact Detective Martin at 209-525-7093.


Original story below:

STANISLAUS COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Stanislaus County detectives are investigating after a body was found in a canal Tuesday.

Just after noon, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department says deputies were called to the California Aqueduct, where a person was seen in the water.

A dead male was found in the canal in the area of McCracken Road, just north of Interstate 5.

Little else was reported about the body found in the water.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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