Body found in Tuolumne Co. is Stockton 1st homicide of 2014

6:44 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO - Stockton police officers responded to a call about a possible homicide at a home in southwest Stockton Thursday but they did not find a victim.

They did find evidence that the tenants of the home had cleared out and that some kind of violence occurred at the home on the 4500 block of Mist Trail Drive, said police department spokesperson Officer Joe Silva.

The police investigation led to a residence in Tuolumne County, where a dead man was found, Silva said.

The identity of the man and cause of death was not yet known.

Police, with the aid of the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department, also made an arrest, taking Bryan Scott Cook, 38, into custody on suspicion of murder, Silva said.

The motive for the killing wasn't clear. Silva said detectives were looking for two individuals, Valentina Taz and Teresa Holt, they want to question in connection with the case.

UPDATE: Taz was found in Tuolumne County Friday afternoon, Silva said. Stockton detectives planned to interview her. They were still looking for Holt.

The death is Stockton's first homicide of 2014, Silva said.


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