MODESTO — Two boys playing near a Modesto Irrigation District substation made a grisly discovery on Thursday evening.
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department says the two boys found a man’s body in the bushes about 5 p.m. near Yosemite Boulevard and Yosemite Meadows Drive in Modesto.
“When I saw feet, I didn’t know if he was sleeping or not, and then I didn’t know if he was homeless,” 11-year-old Noah, one of the boys who found the body, told FOX40. “So, I went to go check, and then I went to go see and I told him, ‘Are you OK?’ He didn’t answer and then I told an adult.”
The sheriff’s department initially called the death suspicious. On Friday, officials said they launched a death investigation and will wait for toxicology reports.
For Noah, it was a shock to come across the body.
“It was like creepy and scary, because I see dead bodies in films but I’ve never seen someone just laying there,” he said. “Just dead.”
The identity of the body has not yet been revealed.
It’s unclear if the man was homeless, but neighbors say they have seen people camping in the same bushes where he was found.
“My initial thought was it’s probably some homeless person, I mean, froze to death or something over there, because I’ve actually seen a person behind there,” neighbor Robert Duran said.
Duran and other neighbors a lack of resources for the homeless could be to blame.
“Something needs to be done. Maybe they need a better situation for them to be able to go places. I know they have the mission downtown, a couple of the other places,” Duran said. “But I mean there is a tree down the street they totally have a camp in, there is an old park, the whole thing is a campground. So there is definitely a problem.”