Body found in canal near Westley identified
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Yosymar Mosqueda.--Photo courtesy of
Yosymar Mosqueda.--Photo courtesy of
The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department identified a body found in March in the California Aqueduct near Westley as Yosymar Mosqueda, 21, of Modesto.

Detectives said they are investigating his death as a homicide after identifying the body through DNA testing by the California Department of Justice.

Sheriff’s divers pulled Mosqueda’s partially decomposed body from the canal at about 7 p.m. March 4, about a quarter-mile north of Needham Road, in response to a 911 call about a body sighted in the aqueduct. Divers spent about an hour and a half searching for the body, which was caught in the downstream side of a water control gate.

Detectives did not release any information about the cause of death.

Mosqueda had brushes with the law, according to local newspaper reports. The Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force reportedly arrested Mosqueda in July 2009 on suspicion of vehicle theft, theft or extortion involving a motor vehicle or trailer, participation in a criminal street gang and probation violation, according a report on the Modesto Bee website.

In an April 12 interview on the online Cubanarama Blogspotradio show, host Marta Sosa asked Mosqueda’s sister, Los Angeles resident Jessy Mosqueda, several questions about her brother’s disappearance and recovery.

Jessy Mosqueda verified on an archived clip of the April 12 radio show that her brother had been involved with a bad crowd during his teenage years and had stolen cars at that time, but she said that changed when his son was born a couple of years ago.

“After he had his baby, he was trying to change his life,” she said.

She said the last time she heard from him was Nov. 26, when he texted her to let her know that he and his girlfriend and son would be taking a train down to Los Angeles to visit her just before New Year’s Eve.

His girlfriend contacted her Dec. 7, she said, to tell her that he had been missing for a week and a half and calls to his cellphone went straight to voicemail.

His mother received word that he had died March 8, four days after his body was found, Jessy Mosqueda said.

She noted that at the time of the radio show, DNA results were still pending. However, she said she was certain the body that was found was her brother, because there was a metal plate on the knee with a number attached that was identical to one Yosymar Mosqueda had installed because of a knee injury.

She said the body had been stabbed, though she did not know where or how many times. It was wrapped in something, but she did not know what, and had been tied up and attached to a weighted object of some kind, she said.

Sosa’s website described Yosymar Mosqueda as “a healthy young man whose plans of returning back to school and a dream for a better tomorrow were cut short when his body was discovered months after his disappearance.”

His Facebook site indicated that he had worked as a loader at Azteca Produce in Tracy, and his sister said on the radio show that his job involved unloaded trucks. The phone number listed for that business was not in service this week.

Anyone with information about the investigation can call Detective Darwin Hatfield at 525-7100.

Callers can leave anonymous tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 521-4636.

Tipsters can also email tips via or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing “Tip704” plus the message.

Those providing tips may be eligible for a cash reward.

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