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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Tuesday April 9th, 2019 :: 06:15 p.m. PDT


Suspect Sought in Homicide of Woman Found North of Woodward Reservoir

Modesto CA –

At approximately 2:00 am on April 8th, 2019 a citizen located a deceased female in a gold colored, 4-Door Toyota Corolla. The vehicle was on the shoulder of Milton Rd. near Highway 4, in the unincorporated area of Farmington, County of Stanislaus. The citizen reported this to the Oakdale Police Department who advised the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 2:50 am Sheriff’s Deputies confirmed there was a deceased female in the vehicle. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Person team responded to the scene to investigate. The vehicle was towed to the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Coroner Facility with the female in it to preserve evidence and provide for a controlled environment for investigative purposes.

The deceased female was identified as Beranea Moreno (12/10/93), of Lodi, CA. An autopsy was performed and it was determined that she was the victim of a homicide. The vehicle she was found in was registered to her.

A suspect has been identified and a Ramey warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jose Manuel Gonzalez Silva (7/8/1988) in connection with the homicide. Silva is believed to be driving a lowered dark blue GMC Yukon with black rims (possible 22”). The license plate is still unknown. Prior to the homicide Detectives believe Silva and Moreno were in an intimate relationship living together in Stockton.

If anyone has any information on Silva or knows his whereabouts please contact Detective Cory Brown at 209-567-4485.

If you have any tips, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tipsters can also e-mail tips at, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward


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