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12-03-04, 09:31 PM

Dec. 3 (AP) An eleven-year-old girl who had disappeared from her Newman home in Stanislaus County was found dead yesterday in an irrigation ditch.

Doris Castro had been missing since Wednesday evening.

The night she disappeared, Doris had been sitting on the couch watching television with her teenage sister. The older girl told police she went to the bathroom, and then heard the doorbell ring.

When she came out of the bathroom, Doris was gone.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference for 3:00 this afternoon at its office in Modesto. They plan to announce significant developments in the case

This is fucked up, because the girls brother is my friend and i knew her personally. I feel so bad for his family. :( This is the second murder in my town this year, before these 2 murders that hasnt been a murder for about 8 years in my city.

12-03-04, 09:56 PM
"Hello Newman."

Seriously though, that does suck.

Brain Stew
12-03-04, 09:58 PM

That's one hunky girl.

12-03-04, 10:02 PM
That sucks ass. Hopefully the find the sick bastard and fry him.

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
12-03-04, 10:04 PM

Third Baseman
12-03-04, 10:10 PM
Horrible :(

12-03-04, 10:15 PM
I can't even imagine it.

12-03-04, 10:27 PM
Very sad, but also scary. I bet the guy was watching them until he saw the sister go to the bathroom.

12-03-04, 10:29 PM
What a sicko. :(

Is that normally a "bad" part of town?

12-03-04, 10:36 PM
Sorry you had to see someone you know die this way...

This sort of thing would never happen in Vacaville.

12-03-04, 11:15 PM
Very sad and also frightening for those who live there. :(

12-03-04, 11:47 PM

Posted on Fri, Dec. 03, 2004

Gustine man arrested in connection with Newman girl's murder

Associated Press

NEWMAN, Calif. - A Gustine man was arrested Friday in connection with the strangling death of an 11-year-old girl who disappeared from her home in this rural Stanislaus County town, authorities said.


Jose Ulisses Duran, 20, was taken into custody Friday morning and charged with the murder of Doris Castro, who had been missing since Wednesday evening, according the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department..


After interviewing Duran, detectives determined they had enough information and evidence to charge Duran, who was booked into the Stanislaus County Jail, where he is being held without bail, police said.

A body that matched Castro's description was found Thursday in an irrigation ditch on the outskirts of Newman. An autopsy performed early Friday morning determined that the cause of death was strangulation and possible drowning.

Detectives believe that Duran, who had a relationship with Castro's older sister, went to Castro's home around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, picked up the 11-year-old girl and drove her to the canal, according to Sheriff's Detective Ed Campbell.

Duran and Castro had a secret relationship that her parents and sister did not know about. Detectives believe Duran strangled Castro and dumped her body in the canal after Castro threatened to reveal their relationship, Campbell said.

Very sad!


12-03-04, 11:49 PM

Foul play feared in death of girl
Body found in canal seems to match description of Newman 11-year-old


Last Updated: December 3, 2004, 11:23:35 AM PST

NEWMAN Foul play is suspected in the death of a girl whose body was found in a canal several miles west of town Thursday.
Authorities said they believe the victim is 11-year-old Doris Castro, a sixth-grader at Yolo Middle School who had been missing since Wednesday evening.

The case is being investigated as a homicide, Myron Larson, a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department spokesman, said Thursday.

No suspects have been identified, Larson said. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Thursday night.

Doris Castro lived in Newman with her parents, Ismael and Gabriela Castro, her brother Jairo, 17, and sister Cristal, 16.

Doris was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black shirt, white tennis shoes, and a black jacket with fur around the hood. She vanished about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday from her home in the 1400 block of P Street.

"She was here, sitting on the couch, watching TV," said Cristal during an interview at the breakfast-room table of the family's home.

A picture drawn by Doris was posted on the refrigerator a few feet away. In another room, the girls' mother wept as relatives tried to comfort her.

Others gathered outside the home. Neighbor Maria Garcia said in Spanish that Doris was a tranquil, well-behaved child: "She never goes out alone. She's always with her mother."

Cristal said the girls were alone in the house early Wednesday evening.

She said she went into the bathroom and heard Doris answer the door.

Cristal said she heard a male voice that she thought she recognized as the voice of a friend. Then, she said, Doris said Cristal was in the bathroom. Then, she heard the man say he would be back later, Cristal said.

"I heard the TV come back on," Cristal said. That meant Doris was back on the couch.

Cristal said she heard the door slam again. When she came out of the bathroom, Doris was gone.

So she went looking for her sister. First, at the Diamond Food Store across the alley from the house. Workers there had not seen Doris. Cristal then called Newman police. Police said that call came in about 8:30 p.m.

Cristal said she and others went to see if Doris had gone to visit friends.

"We started looking for her at all the houses," Cristal said.

On Thursday morning, family and friends passed out leaflets with the child's photo.

Police organized a door-to-door search. The Sheriff's Department and volunteers also searched the area.

The search eventually led about 2 miles from her home, to the dirt-bank canal where volunteers spotted a body at about 1:15 p.m., Larson said.

As divers prepared to search the Central California Irrigation District canal, relatives waited behind yellow crime-scene tape at Shiells and Draper roads.

The Sheriff's Department blocked off nearly a square mile of territory as a crime scene.

People standing by the yellow tape could see flashing emergency vehicle lights by the canal, across about a half-mile of bare, furrowed fields.

Doris' father was among those standing in the cold wind. He declined to comment.

His sister-in-law, Maria Castro, was also there.

"We're waiting to find out if it's the child," she said in Spanish, wiping away a tear.

"Such terrible people, that take away children," Maria Castro said.

The body recovered was that of a girl wearing the same kind of clothes that Doris was last seen in, Larson said.

Although the family had been notified, the identification still had not been confirmed, he said.

Newman's most recent homicide occurred July 10. Ruben "Joey" Neuman was killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting at Kern and P streets.

Before that, there hadn't been a homicide in Newman for 7 years. On Jan. 13, 1997, retired educators Gerrald and Amelia Hunt were stabbed to death in their home. Their granddaughter's husband, Wedson Demorais, was convicted of murdering them and sentenced to life in prison.


12-03-04, 11:51 PM
So 20 year old Jose had a 'secret' relationship with 11 year old Doris. Instead of taking his punishment like a man and probably get less than 10 years in prison, he murders someone who is so much weaker than him and now he will probably fry (after all of the appeals of course).


12-05-04, 04:33 PM
Duran and Castro had a secret relationship that her parents and sister did not know about. Detectives believe Duran strangled Castro and dumped her body in the canal after Castro threatened to reveal their relationship, Campbell said.

Very sad!

Hmm, just where are they getting that information from?

Maybe if they said "Duran and Castro allegedly had a secret relationship..." or something like that.

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