UPDATE: Homicide suspect named, Melissa Anne Ball, 37 of Dos Palos

UPDATE TO HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION: the Coroner’s office has confirmed the victim’s identity as 56 year old Lydia Marie Bal. Last known address is out of Hollister and we learned she had recently moved to Dos Palos. The suspect, 37 year old Melissa Anne Bal, last known address was out of San Diego and had recently moved to Dos Palos and was staying with Lydia. Lydia was the mother of Melissa.

At 7:03 a.m. the Merced County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the 21000 block of Highway 33 in Dos Palos. The caller claimed someone had possibly been killed.

When deputies arrived they found the suspect covered in blood and the victim inside a trailer on the property.

Melissa Anne Ball has been taken into custody and the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division is currently investigating this incident as a homicide.

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