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Police Investigate Dead Body Found On Yosemite

POSTED July 21, 2011 11:16 a.m.
The Oakdale Police Department is classifying the death of Michael Levi “Bobby” Fuller, 26, of Oakdale, as “suspicious” while they investigate the circumstances leading up to his death. Fuller’s body was found behind 262 S. Yosemite Ave. on Wednesday morning, July 20.

At 8:51 a.m., Chris Ingham, the owner of Golden Arrow Archery, discovered the body lying on a picnic table and notified Oakdale Fire Department personnel who were conducting a training exercise at the rear of the fire station next to the parking lot.

Emergency crews responded and personnel from Oak Valley Ambulance declared Fuller dead at the scene.

Investigators from the police department and coroner’s office had the area cordoned off Wednesday morning as they combed the area for evidence and any possible witnesses in the neighborhood.

“Right now there doesn’t look like any signs of foul play,” said Oakdale Detective Brian Shimmel at the scene. “We’ll know more later.”

Shimmel added that there were no signs of trauma to the body.

According to police officials, Fuller resided in the 500 block of South Third Avenue and notification was made with family members that morning.

“He and I were just having a smoke together last night,” said one South Third Avenue resident who came to the scene and did not want to be named. “He was talking about having trouble and being harassed by gang members in the area.”

Investigators confirmed that the police department received a call of a fight in the street on Tuesday evening but initial reports show that Fuller was not involved.

An autopsy was performed on Thursday morning, July 21. The cause of death is listed as pending the results of toxicology tests that could take four to six weeks.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Shimmel of the Oakdale Police Department at (209) 845-3514.

 

 

 

 

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