Crime Race to murder suspects' Modesto, Calif. home was critical in preserving evidence

17:55  14 february  2018
17:55  14 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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This information is not direct evidence that Helen murdered Bob, but it gives police a second suspect to investigate. Laci Peterson, a 27-year old mother-to- be , went missing from her Modesto , California home on Christmas Eve 2002.

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"From the time we discovered Lizette (whom passers-by found suffering multiple stab wounds along Tesla Road in a remote area of Alameda County) to the time we got to Modesto was critical in the preservation of the crime scene," Sgt. Ray Kelly, public information officer for the Sheriff's Office, told The Bee. "The evidence and Lizette's statements to us helped make this investigation unfold very rapidly."

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Gross and Leonardo are engaged, according to their Facebook profiles, and the Sheriff's Office has described Cuesta as a friend of both.

At a news conference in Alameda County on Tuesday, Kelly told reporters that investigators "have a lot to fill in as far as motive." The night of the murder, Cuesta got into the suspects' car consensually, Kelly said. After that, detectives have been "trying to put together what happened."

In this photo released Feb. 13, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is Melissa Leonardo, of Modesto, Calif. An official says the man and woman arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman found by a motorist on the side of a road were friends of the victim. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, identified the slain woman as 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, California. Kelly says Cuesta willingly got in the car with 19-year-old Daniel Gross and his 25-year-old girlfriend Melissa Leonardo. Kelly says Cuesta identified the suspects before dying Monday at a hospital. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released Feb. 13, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is Melissa Leonardo, of Modesto, Calif. An official says the man and woman arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman found by a motorist on the side of a road were friends of the victim. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, identified the slain woman as 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, California. Kelly says Cuesta willingly got in the car with 19-year-old Daniel Gross and his 25-year-old girlfriend Melissa Leonardo. Kelly says Cuesta identified the suspects before dying Monday at a hospital. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP) He said Gross and Leonardo both are believed to be complicit in her death. Detectives will work to determine if any others acted as accessories before or after the murder, he added.

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A subsequent police search of Keough's central Modesto home on Serena Avenue found no indications of an attack, blood or signs that evidence had been cleaned, he testified. Copyright (c) 2011, The Modesto Bee, Calif .

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Asked where the stabbing of the victim is believed to have occurred, Kelly told The Bee, "We have a very dynamic crime scene on Tesla Road ... I'm going to leave it at that."

San Francisco news station KRON reported Monday that authorities said it appears Cuesta was dumped from a car and left for dead. It said she crawled about 100 yards until a passerby spotted her about 2 a.m. and called 911. She was airlifted to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, where she pronounced dead about 4:30 a.m.

"She survived for quite a bit of time against tremendous odds and was left there for dead," Kelly said.

On the evidence found at the Nadine Avenue home, the sergeant said at the news conference, "What it is and what it means to the case, we're not ready to say yet."

In this photo released Feb. 13, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is Daniel Gross, of Modesto, Calif. An official says the man and woman arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman found by a motorist on the side of a road were friends of the victim. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, identified the slain woman as 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, Calif. Kelly says Cuesta willingly got in the car with 19-year-old Daniel Gross and his 25-year-old girlfriend Melissa Leonardo. Kelly says Cuesta identified the suspects before dying Monday at a hospital. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP) © The Associated Press In this photo released Feb. 13, 2018, by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office is Daniel Gross, of Modesto, Calif. An official says the man and woman arrested in the fatal stabbing of a woman found by a motorist on the side of a road were friends of the victim. Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, identified the slain woman as 19-year-old Lizette Cuesta of Tracy, Calif. Kelly says Cuesta willingly got in the car with 19-year-old Daniel Gross and his 25-year-old girlfriend Melissa Leonardo. Kelly says Cuesta identified the suspects before dying Monday at a hospital. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP) Kelly said Alameda County sheriff's investigators still were in the field Tuesday in Modesto and Tracy, "contacting all the people we need to."

His department is careful with the information it releases, to ensure the integrity of the investigation, Kelly noted. What's said is sure to stimulate conversations, and "we want to make sure we're ahead of those conversations."

He urged anyone with information on the case to contact the Sheriff's Office through its website or at ... Tipsters may remain anonymous, he said.

The Modesto Police Department has had no contact with Leonardo, spokeswoman Heather Graves said, and no contact with Gross since he was a minor.

Lizette Andrea Cuesta © Courtesy of Alameda County Sheriff's Office Lizette Andrea Cuesta

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