Because the case is considered open, the county coroner’s office could not release details about how much alcohol was in the body of Joaquin Lopez Perez, 25, when he died.
His body was discovered in the bed of pickup by California Highway Patrol officer Shellie McCrary around 1 p.m. Oct. 3 following a traffic stop in the area of Highway 132 and Welty Road. McCrary stopped the pickup — and its driver and a live passenger — for allegedly exceeding the speed limit.
After discovering the body, sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene. Investigators called the case suspicious.
Garcia said no charges were filed against the two men transporting the body, who Garcia identified as Perez’s father and a male family friend who were taking his body to Merced.
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