California man accused of murdering his roommate, whose body was found floating in canal

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May. 13 2021, Published 8:44 p.m. ET

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A man was booked on suspicion of murder after his roommate’s body was found in the California Aqueduct, authorities said.

On May 11, Anthony “Tony” Pistoia, 62, was discovered floating in the canals that crisscross the area, according to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office.

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Detectives identified Juan Ramon Haro Ortega, 33, as a person of interest in connection with Pistoia’s death.

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Sgt. Luke Schwartz noted the “primary crime scene” is believed to be the Pistoia’s home in Patterson, the Modesto Bee reported. 

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“We’re still looking into their complete living dynamic,” Schwartz said, declining to say when the victim was killed.

Law enforcement officials are also trying to determine the victim’s exact cause of death. 

Ortega is currently being held without bail at the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center, where he is awaiting arraignment for assault and homicide charges and has a federal hold because of his immigration status, according to the Modesto Bee.  

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