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Investigators looking for missing car of Manteca homicide victim
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Investigators with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office are still searching for the vehicle being driven by 36-year-old Chenin Carlson on the day of her disappearance.

Carlson, a mother of two young children from Manteca, was discovered in an aqueduct near Chrisman Road in Tracy on Dec. 20. After an autopsy it was determined that she was the victim of a homicide, although no additional details have been released by investigators as to the manner of death.

Carlson’s car – a grey 2008 Honda Pilot with the license plate 7FIE245 – has not yet been located by investigators. She was believed to have been in the car and driving to start a new job at an Amazon warehouse in the area on the day that she died.

There are no official suspects in the case at the moment, and although the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at the family’s home on Fern Dell Lane in Manteca two days after she was discovered, the purpose was to gather evidence and any possible leads.

Nobody has as of yet been arrested in the case.

If Carlson’s death were to have occurred inside of Manteca’s city limits, it would be the fourth homicide in Manteca in 2020 – one more than the previous year. All three official homicides in Manteca in 2020 resulted in arrests, including one last week of a Manteca man believed to have been the shooter that claimed the life of a 47-year-old Ripon man last month.

While the Manteca Police Department had been investigating Carlson’s disappearance when it was reported that she never showed up for her new job, the death is being investigated by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office – the body was discovered in an unincorporated area of the county.  

The investigation into Carlson’s death and disappearance is ongoing, and anybody with any information about the location of Carlson’s Honda Pilot, or any other information in the case, is encouraged to contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office at 209.468.4400 and reference case #20-27205.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.