ESCALON, CA - A homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead near an Escalon road early morning on New Year's Day.
Thursday, the San Joaquin County coroner released the name of the victim. She was 23-year-old Lynette Lena Garza, a resident of Modesto.
The California Highway Patrol responded to the 25800 block of River Road around 3:40 a.m. on Tuesday to a possible vehicle crash, San Joaquin County sheriff's Deputy Les Garcia said.
When officers arrived, they found an abandoned vehicle on the road and Garza's body 60 feet from the vehicle, down an embankment.
Garcia said the body had obvious signs of severe trauma, but the official cause of death was pending an autopsy.
The investigation into Garza's death is ongoing.