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Body dumped in dumpster
Police need help identifying murder victim
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The dumpster where those looking for aluminum cans found the body of a woman Saturday night. - photo by GLENN KAHL

The public is being asked to help identify a woman whose body was found Saturday night in an alley dumpster in the 1000 block of South Main Street behind the former Social Security office location and the Big 5 Sporting Goods store.

Manteca Police Sgt. Julie Renfroe said officers were called to the scene after dumpster divers looking for aluminum cans discovered the lifeless woman said to be 18 to 25 years old. It was believed she had been placed there at about 10:30 p.m.

Sgt. Renfroe said the woman appeared to be the victim of a homicide, but without any apparent sexual assault. She was further described as being 5-foot-5 and weighing about 130 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

There were obvious signs of violence to her body, police said. The California State Department of Justice (DOJ) assisted the Manteca Police Department investigating the active crime scene until 6 a.m. Sunday. It was located in the alley that runs from South Main Street to Mission Ridge Drive. A business owner in the area said there has been continual reported criminal activity in the alleyway. 

The body was taken to the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office in French Camp where her autopsy was completed on Monday. DOJ is also attempting to identify the victim through their department’s investigation.

Anyone having more information or details regarding the identity of the victim or knowledge about the crime is urged to call Detective Steve Schluer at the Manteca Police Department at 209.456.8210 or call Crime Stoppers at 209.823.8210 where they could receive a reward of up to $1,000. The reporting individual will remain anonymous in collecting the reward.