Police ID victim in Stockton homicide

By Union Democrat staff January 04, 2014 04:25 pm

A Stockton man whose body was found dismembered Thursday in Groveland has been identified by Stockton police as Michael Shane Jones.

Jones, 48, lived at the same house on the 4500 block of Mist Trail Drive, in the Weston Ranch area of Stockton, where a possible homicide scene was discovered Thursday, according to Stockton police.


Bryan Cook, 38, a co-tenant at the Mist Trail Drive residence, was arrested on suspicion of homicide later that day after Tuolumne County Sheriff's detectives located him at a campsite in Groveland.

A human torso was found burning in the campfire and dismembered body parts in the trunk of Cook's car, Stockton police said.

Valentina Paz, 49, who also lived at the Stockton residence with Cook and Jones, was located for questioning late Friday night. She was arrested on suspicon of homicide after an interview with Stockton police detectives.

Both suspects were booked into San Joaquin County Jail.