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Body found near footbridge is missing Modesto woman

MODESTO, CA - A body found by a Modesto footbridge Friday night has been identified as that of a 28-year-old Modesto woman who went missing in December.

Eldoris Christine Graham was reported missing on Dec. 15, 2012 by her mother after not hearing from her for two days, Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz said. Graham's mother told police that she last talked to her daughter on Dec. 13 when her daughter said she was going to the Bay Area with her live-in boyfriend, 39-year-old Anthony Coxum.

RELATED STORY: Disappearance of Modesto woman investigated

Body found by Modesto footbridge

MODESTO, CA - A body was found at the base of a southeast Modesto footbridge Friday night by a passerby.

Modesto police responded to the corner of Claus Road and Creekwood Avenue around 7:30 p.m. to find a body in a secluded area covered by shrubs and trees, Lt. Rick Armendariz said.

Investigators were unable to determine the age, sex or condition of the body. The scene where the body was found was processed by police and the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office recovered the body to perform an autopsy, Armendariz said.

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Man barricades self in Modesto gas station following fight

Man barricades self in Modesto gas station following fight

MODESTO - A man barricaded himself inside of a Modesto gas station after being involved in a fight on Sunday.

Police received reports of a fight taking place at the Shell gas station in the 1700 block of Oakdale Rd. around 6 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, one of the individuals allegedly involved in the fight went into the building and refused to come out, said police.

The business was evacuated while the man remained inside, breaking several items, including glass bottles, police said.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the Modesto Police Department's SWAT Team arrived on scene.

At about 10:45 p.m. SWAT made entry into the business and took the man into custody before transporting him to a local hospital.

According to police, the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Avoid the 12 Stanislaus County DUI Campaign

Avoid the 12 Stanislaus County DUI Campaign

The 2012/13 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on intoxicated motorists has ended, resulting in a significant number of DUI arrests from the various Sobriety Checkpoints, the Saturation Patrols and the regular law enforcement patrols throughout Stanislaus County’s “Avoid the 12 ” DUI Campaign during the past 19 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 14th, through Midnight Tuesday January 1, 2013 officers representing 12 county law enforcement agencies arrested 131 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  In 2011/12 118 DUI arrests occurred during the same time period.  Tragically, there was a traffic related death of a pedestrian where alcohol may have been a contributing factor in our area!  Last year there were no DUI deaths reported.

Modesto woman disappears before holidays

MODESTO, CA - A Modesto woman disappears two weeks before Christmas and the man she was last seen with turns up weeks later in a North Carolina jail.

Eldoris Graham, 28,  last phone call was to her mother on Dec. 13.

"'Go ahead.' 'Hey mommy, this is me. We decided to get away. We're both stressed out. We're out in the Bay. So give me a call when you get this,'" Graham told her mother Christine Patterson in a voicemail.

When Patterson listens to the voice message she senses her daughter was forced to make the call and possibly coached by the voice in the beginning that said, "Go ahead." Patterson returned her daughter's call, but was given few details before she hung up.

"She couldn't talk. She said she had to go," Patterson said.

MORE PHOTOS: Disappearance of Modesto woman investigated

MODESTO, CA - Police investigate the suspicious disappearance of a Modesto woman who has been missing for nearly three weeks.

Eldoris Christine Graham, 28, was reported missing by her mother on Dec. 15 after not hearing from Graham for two days, Modesto police Lt. Rick Armendariz said.

Graham's mother told police that she last talked to her daughter on Dec. 13 when her daughter said she was going to the Bay Area with her live-in boyfriend, 39-year-old Anthony Coxum.

Armendariz said when Graham didn't show up for work, Graham's mother reported her missing to police.

Graham had been working at a fast food restaurant in Modesto for several months. When she didn't show up to work, her boss became worried and also called police.

"I'm very concerned about Eldoris. It's not like her to not come back into work," manager Julia Denslow said. "She's very reliable and now she's just gone."

UPDATE: Man killed in Modesto shooting identified

MODESTO, CA - A man is dead after a fight escalated into a shooting in a West Modesto home Wednesday night.

Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a fight and the sound of gunfire at a home on the 900 block of Leon Avenue around 6:27 p.m. While en route, the sheriff's department received another 911 call of a person shot at the home.

Upon arrival at the residence, deputies found Marty Kent, 18, of Modesto suffering from a single gunshot wound, Sgt. Anthony Bejaran said.

Kent was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bejaran said there was a large fight at the home when gunshots were heard.

An all-night investigation, including multiple witness interviews revealed that a late 1990's, dark colored (possibly green) Jeep Cherokee was seen in the area just prior to the shooting.