Dead body found during traffic stop
by TP staff
Oct 03, 2012 | 11355 views | 13 13 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigators from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office were interviewing two people Wednesday, Oct. 3, after a dead body was found in their truck during a traffic stop earlier that day.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of East Highway 132 and South Welty Road southeast of Tracy at around 1 p.m. to assist a California Highway Patrol officer with a traffic stop, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office on Wednesday.

During the stop, the CHP officer found the body of a man inside of a sleeping bag in the bed of the occupants' pickup truck, the release states.

The men were detained and were being interviewed about the discovery Wednesday afternoon, according to the release.

Investigators found no visible trauma to the body, but are still ruling the death as suspicious until the results of an autopsy and toxicology report are available.

The man's identity was not released because family members were still being notified.

Further details about the two men who were detained were also not released.

The sheriff's office is handling the investigation.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 04, 2012
I hope this isn't indicative of the shape of our economy? Homeless people climbing into the back of a contract truck?
SMM
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October 04, 2012
Hold on a minute..something is missing here. There was a dead body in the back of the truck? This is not about the police accusing people of just any old traffic violation. There was a DEAD BODY in the back of the truck! Somebody (the live ones) need to start explaining what the heck happened.
tracyresdnt
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October 04, 2012
I'm not sure there are really that many different explanations for a dead body in the trunk...
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 04, 2012
Was it the same guy who parked his couch in front of the Caltrain, two days ago?
oldleathers
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October 04, 2012
tracyresdnt: please reread......

"in the bed of the occupants' pickup truck" not TRUNK.

tracyresdnt
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October 04, 2012
oldleathers- ok, so are there more explanations for having a dead body in the back of your truck than there are for having a dead body in your trunk? Whether you keep your rope, gloves and rubber apron in your glove box or in the back seat, it pretty much says the same thing.
monsterdad3k
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October 03, 2012
Must have been on their way to the family vacation at Wally World.

tracyresdnt
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October 03, 2012
A police officer stops a man on the highway. The man says “Did you stop me for speeding?” The officer replies “Yes, I stopped you for speeding” The man replies “Well I have a gun in my glove compartment, and have a dead body in my trunk” The officer pulls back and calls for back up and waits. Minute’s later back up arrives. The second officer says “My partner says you had a dead body in the trunk and a gun is the glove compartment." So the cop checks the glove compartment, no gun. He checks the trunk, no body. Officer 2 asks, "Do you have a gun?" The man says, "No, sir." "Did you steal this car?" "Nope." At last policeman 2 says, "My partner said you had a dead body and a gun." The guy replies, "I bet he said I was speeding too!!!"
jpj2007
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October 03, 2012
Great illustration! I would definitely agree that nowadays, it feels like, more often than not, that the police are given the luxury to just accuse anyone with a traffic violation and there would be very little that you can do about it. It's just the police's word against yours.

I was pulled over yesterday for not wearing a seatbelt even though it was clear that I was wearing it when the officer came to my door. How do I argue that? Do I take a picture of myself with my seatbelt on as the officer ask for my driver's license and registration? You can't. It's just their word against yours and your SOL.

I'm definitely going to contest this and see that smug officer in court. Though, I'm pretty sure that was his main point. He wants to go to court so that he can get his overtime and money for the city.

On a side note, doesn't this city have other more pressing issues (e.g. gang activities, drug dealers, etc) than focusing on seatbelt violations. I've been living in Tracy for the past 10 years and it's sad to admit but this city has gone down hill year after year this past few years.
DTB1445
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October 04, 2012
Why don't you just wear your seatbelt as required?, then you wouldn't have to go through all this. Seems pretty simple to me.
SpikeVFR
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October 04, 2012
were you wearing your belt the whole time? It seems odd that you specifically say "when the officer came to my door"

princesaportuguese
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October 04, 2012
@ DTB1445 - required and mandatory, 2 words that don't belong in a free country. People shouldn't be REQUIRED to wear a seat belt if they don't want to. Can you say Government intrusion? They need to butt out when people are exercising their freedom to travel.
klv
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October 05, 2012
tracyres...; OK, here's another possible scenario (but I get what you mean) [Officer then orders the man out of his vehicle (after pulling his own weapon), puts him on the ground with handcuffs pats him down and removes all his contents]. Then- advises him "for hos own safety"s to lay face down on the ground and not move. Then checks the trunk and glove compartment - what no body! No gun? Then calls for backup while questioning the man for his suggested allegations. As back up arrives the man is arrested for providing false information and his car is impounded.

Prin-Port; Statistics have proven seat belts do save lives and yes there is the occasional mishap where one becomes trapped - if you don't want to wear yours - that's up to you... (No offense meant here, but If someone tells you they have a gun in their glove compartment, (being pulled over for whatever-reason) my initial reaction, would be to take them at their word.)


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