Tip leads cops 70 miles to suspects, dismembered remains of Stockton man

2:46 PM, Jan 6, 2014   |    comments
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Two people are in custody in connection to a body that was found dismembered at a campsite. The gruesome scene marked Stockton's first homicide this year.

Bryan Scott Cook and Valentina Taz face murder charges for the death of 48-year-old Michael Shane Jones of Stockton. 

Police began their investigation inside a southwest Stockton home in the 4500 block of Mist Trail Drive on Jan. 2, where they discovered a bloody crime scene, but did not find a victim or a suspect. 

Neighbors said the home had been vacant for a while. 

"There were people moving about a month and a half ago," Stockton resident David Mendoza said.

Police eventually got a tip that led them 70 miles east to a campsite in Groveland. That's where Cook was found with Jones' remains, Stockton Police Officer Joe Silva said.

"When our homicide detectives were looking around the campsite, they located in a campfire a human torso," Silva said.

Police obtained a search warrant and found more of the victim's limbs. 

"They went inside the suspect's vehicle and located a dismembered body of an adult male," Silva said.

On Friday night, police arrested Taz.

Police said Jones was a tenant at the home, but have not released a motive for the murder.   


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