Police release photo of person of interest in Modesto murders

MODESTO (KRON) — Police have released new information about a person of interest in connection with Saturday’s murders in Modesto.

Five people were found dead in a home on the 2600 block of Nob Hill Court after someone called authorities to check on the people inside, police said Saturday.

Officers responding to a request to conduct a welfare check on the home, in a suburban neighborhood in Modesto, discovered the bodies at about 3:30 p.m., police spokeswoman Heather Graves said.

“We found five people deceased inside,” said Heather Graves, a police spokeswoman. “It’s still early. We don’t know how” they died, “but we are investigating it as a murder.”

Graves described the victims as three children and two adults. Their identities have not been released at this time.

A person of interest sought in the investigation has been identified as 30-year-old Martin Martinez. He could be driving a red 2000 Lincoln Navigator with license plate 7CNN611.

Stay with KRON 4 News for more on this developing story.

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