ESCALON, CA - A murder mystery on New Year's Day has the victim's family asking for the public's help in solving the case.
As homicide detectives continue to search for clues to what led to Lynette Garza's death, the young woman's father is struggling to cope with this tragic loss.
"It's just the most painful pain you can go through in your life," Donato Garza said remembering his daughter.
Garza hopes someone out there will come forward with information about his daughter's death that could help investigators. It hasn't been easy for the family these last few days, especially with so many lingering questions.
Early Tuesday morning, California Highway Patrol officers found an abandoned vehicle on the 25000 block of River Road in Escalon. A search of the area found Lynette Garza's body down a nearby embankment.
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"She was just the best thing that ever happened to me in my life," Garza said. "She was going to be my dream come true as far as successful in a good career."
Investigators said the 23-year-old mother's body showed clear signs of severe trauma, leading San Joaquin County Sheriff's detectives to take over the homicide investigation.
"I'm just grateful I got to share 23 years with a special person like my daughter," Garza said.
Investigators said Lynette Garza's official cause of death is pending autopsy results.
Anyone with information is about Garza's death is urged to call the Sam Joaquin County's Sheriff's Department at 209-468-4445.
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