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FBI offers reward in 2008 murder case
Wanted suspect
FBI officials want to arrest Alexander Morfin but believe he may be Mexico. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Alexander Morfin, 26, of Modesto, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in the 2008 murder of Victor Gaona, 37.

Morfin, a Hispanic male with brown hair and brown eyes, is considered armed and dangerous. He stands 5-feet-10 and weighs approximately 175 pounds.

On Sept. 3, 2008, Modesto Police officers found a mortally wounded Gaona who was shot several times as he walked in the area of Dezzani Lane and Ustick Road in south Modesto.

Gaona was transported to a nearby hospital where he later died.
Witnesses said the suspects fled in a Honda Accord, which was later found burned in a residential neighborhood in Sacramento.

Investigators from the Central Valley Gang Impact Taskforce (CVGIT) have identified several suspects related to the homicide. The task force is an FBI Safe Streets Initiative, which includes local, state, and federal investigators from throughout Stanislaus County. To date, four suspects have been arrested.

Morfin may be in the California, Nevada, or Mexico.
A local arrest warrant was issued for Morfin on March 10, 2010, in the Stanislaus County Superior Court, after he was charged with murder, assault with a firearm, and participation in a street gang. A federal arrest warrant was issued for Morfin in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California in Fresno, on March 11, 2010, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

Individuals who may have information regarding his location may call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), their local FBI office, or American embassy consulate and by submitting a tip to the FBI online.