Friends ID’d as suspects in a cruel death of California woman left to die on the side of the road

Mrs. sint Cuesta was found early Monday with multiple stab wounds on a rural road outside San Francisco. She was able to ID two suspects from her deathbed, police said.


The suspects arrested in the brutal murder of a 19-year-old, who was left for dead Monday along a rural road outside San Francisco were identified as friends of the victim.

Mrs. sint Cuesta, 19, was found early Monday morning by four men who carpool to their UPS jobs.

Cuesta was struck and lying in the middle of Tesla Road in Livermore. The scene was horrific. There was almost a 100-yard trail of blood. One of the men said that he could not determine her hair color by the amount of blood.

Richard Loadholt, who was one of the men who found her, said he tried to comfort the woman and prayed with her.

The suspects arrested for the murder of mrs. sint Cuesta are identified as:
-Daniel Gross, Age 19, Modesto, CA
-Melissa Leonardo, Age 25, of Modesto, CA
Both suspects are in custody at Santa Rita Jail.

— Alameda County Sheriff (@ACSOSheriffs) February 13, 2018

“I felt impressed by the spirit of love to do that,” he told reporters. He said that he tried to wake her up. He said that he hopes that her family will find comfort in knowing that they fought for life the whole time.

Cuesta was airlifted to Eden Hospital where she’s a “dying declaration.”

“I have been a long time, and I can only think of two to three times that I’m aware of our agency that we have been able to make a dying declaration,” Sgt. Ray Kelly of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said. “A dying declaration is a very interesting piece of evidence that is contained in the court to be very credible and reliable information.”

The declaration has led to a “massive” amount of evidence and the arrests of Daniel Gross, 19, and Melissa Leonardo, 25, on the south Modesto home, The Modesto bee reported.

Kelly said the evidence and the victim’s statements “have helped this research to unfold very quickly.” He would not talk about a motive for the murder because of the ongoing investigation, but it seems Cuesta got in the few car willingly.

“We have a very dynamic crime scene on Tesla Road…I will leave it at that,” Kelly said.

Montana Howland, who told Fox 40 that he knows Leonardo, said that she does not believe she is able to kill unless Gross control over her. Howland said Gross had a lot of anger and talked about the killing of people who “talked too much s***.”

Another person told Fox40 that Leonardo was known to be jealous of. Howland said Leonardo had said recently that Gross may have spoken with another girl.


Edmund Initiative is a news editor for Follow him on Twitter @EDeMarche.

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