De­tec­tives ar­rest two in death of man whose re­mains were found in a back­yard

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Local - BY BRIAN CLARK [email protected]­

Two peo­ple were ar­rested Fri­day night in the death of a Modesto man whose re­mains were dis­cov­ered last week be­hind a house in an air­port dis­trict back­yard.

Robert Ed­ward Wis­s­well, 53, and Re­becca Marie Gar­cia, 44, were taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent at 8:10 p.m. at a home­less en­camp­ment near the in­ter­sec­tion Glenn Av­enue and Re­liance Street just east of Crows Land­ing Road, ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Tom Le­tras of the Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Depar- ment.

Work­ing with ev­i­dence and leads from wit­nesses who came for­ward due to me­dia cov­er­age, De­tec­tive Cory Brown and De­tec­tive Sgt. Jon Howard were able to pin­point the sus­pects.

Le­tras said Wis­s­well, known on the streets as “An­i­mal,” and Gar­cia lived in a shed in the back­yard of the home in the 100 block of Santa Rita Av­enue, where the re­mains of Ja­cob Sut­ton-Bubeck, 26, of Modesto, were found last Satur­day.

His re­mains were ac­tu­ally be­neath the shed that, at some point, had been re­moved af­ter Wis­s­well and Gar­cia left the prop­erty in late Jan­uary or early Fe­bru­ary, Le­tras said.

Sut­ton-Bubeck, also known as “Ched­dar,” had been re­ported missing by his brother on Feb. 10.

Le­tras said de­tec­tives are not yet ready to re­lease the cause or na­ture of Sut­ton-Bubeck’s death. He said it was not im­me­di­ately known who took down the shed or why. De­tec­tives are still hop­ing more wit­nesses come for­ward.

Le­tras said a lot of the tips came from peo­ple who had lived at the home on Santa Rita, al­low­ing Brown and Howard to cor­rob­o­rate a lot of the ev­i­dence.

“That is what helped break the case,” Le­tras said.

Wis­s­well, who is sus­pected of com­mit­ting the al­leged mur­der, and Gar­cia are in cus­tody and ex­pected to be charged with mur­der and con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der.

Sut­ton-Bubeck’s de­com­pos­ing re­mains were dis­cov­ered by a res­i­dent who was dig­ging in the yard to bury a dead pet.


Robert Ed­ward Wis­s­well, 53, and Re­becca Marie Gar­cia, 44, were taken into cus­tody in the death of Ja­cob Sut­ton-Bubeck, whose re­mains were found on Nov. 24.

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