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Monday, 25 November 2013 05:45

Information Sought In Homicide

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It was July 29th, and 24 year old Frankie Vargas had just left work at Sconza Candy in Oakdale. Vargas was a head candy maker, "The Toffee Nut King" as he was known.

"He would change out of his work shoes because he would always have candy stuck to the bottom," said his mother, Kelly Vargas. "He would put sneakers on because he didn't want to get candy in his car."

Frankie drove a 2006 Dodge Charger. "He was so proud of that car, he worked so hard for it." His mother continued. Frankie had a passion for auto mechanics. He was always helping others work on their vehicles. "He was the best boy you could ever ask for. He would mow your lawn or help you fix your car."

Frankie had plans of joining the military to further his passion for mechanics. He was headed to the recruiter's office after a quick stop at his home on the 2800 block of Campbell lane in Modesto.

Frankie would never make it to the recruiter's office.

It was 6pm and Frankie's family had just ended dinner. "I had saved Frankie dinner in the microwave," his mother explained. "Then we heard gunshots, and they sounded very close."

The gunfire was fast. The doors to the home were locked. "My daughter looked out the window and saw Frankie on the ground."

Frankie had been shot multiple times. He was still in his work clothes, as he crawled out of the passenger door after the shooting happened. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he later died.

The shooting makes no sense to Frankie's family. "I think they mistook him for someone else. He wasn't involved with the wrong crowd. If someone wanted my son, they could have gotten him any time. He was always outside doing something. Cleaning the yard or working on his car."

Investigators have been working hard on the case, but there is no solid information on suspects. A possible involved vehicle described as an older jeep was seen leaving the area, but officials are seeking more information.

Frankie's memory lives on in a wood and glass cabinet that was made in his honor. It holds photos of him, a pair of his favorite sneakers, and an apron his work made in his honor that reads "The Toffee Nut King" among other items. "They didn't just kill him, they killed me too." his mother Kelly said.

Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in Frankie Vargas' killing. Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (209)521-4636. The Vargas family is also raising funds to offer an additional reward along with the Crimestoppers reward. If you would like to donate, you can do so at the following link:

Published in Crimestoppers
Monday, 08 July 2013 03:49

Missing Person - Derran Conway Rogers

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Derran Conway Rogers has been missing since February 27, 1973. He is a caucasian male adult born on August 30th, 1959. He has blond hair and blue eyes. If anyone has any information regarding this case you are asked to contact the Modesto Police Department at 209.572.9532 or 209.572.9500 you can also call crimestoppers at 209.521.4636 where you can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Published in Missing Persons
Saturday, 13 July 2013 05:39

Missing Person - Karissa Schell


Karissa Aline Schell has been reported missing out of Turlock since July 6th 2011. She is a caucasian female born on December 11th, 1994. She stands 5'6 and is 140lbs with brown hair and eyes.

Karissa was last seen wearing a black and gray T-shirt, and blue jeans. She has dimple piercings and a tattoo of a pair of lips on her neck. She dyes her hair, and wears contacts occasionally.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this missing persons case to call Crime Stoppers at (209) 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters can also text information to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 274637. Just type “TIP704” along with your message.

Published in Missing Persons