Suspicious death in Merced now being investigated as homicide

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021
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Deputies responded to 911 callers who reported seeing a body near the intersection of Mission Avenue and Mather Road Monday morning.

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) -- A suspicious death case in Merced is now being investigated as a homicide.

Deputies responded to 911 callers who reported seeing a body near the intersection of Mission Avenue and Mather Road Monday morning.

Investigators identified the dead man as 36-year-old Toontep Champa.

Deputies haven't released a suspect description or cause of death at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Merced County Sheriff's Office.