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The 100 block of East Jackson Street in Rialto, as pictured in a Google Street View image in March of 2018.

The 100 block of East Jackson Street in Rialto, as pictured in a Google Street View image in March of 2018.

The deaths of two men whose bodies were found in a residential neighborhood in Rialto on Saturday morning are initially believed to have overdosed on drugs or alcohol, officials said.

Police received a call about 6:20 a.m. reporting “two subjects not breathing” in the 100 block of East Jackson Street, the Rialto Police Department said in a written statement.

“When the officers arrived they located both 52-year-old Gabriel Cruz and 23-year-old Jesus Ibarra unresponsive,” according to the statement. “The Rialto Fire Department paramedics arrived and later pronounced both Cruz and Ibarra deceased.”

The men, who both lived in the neighborhood, were found lying in front yards, about 20 yards apart, Rialto police Lt. Cameron Nelson said.

It appeared they had been drinking and doing illegal drugs together before they were found unconscious, according to the lieutenant. Foul play was not initially suspected.

Investigators were working to confirm the relationship between the two men, but they were initially believed to be uncle and nephew, officials said.

Tests to determine exactly what type of drugs the men were doing were pending, Nelson said. Coroner’s officials also planned an autopsy.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Rialto police Detective Kevin Stephens at 909-820-2596, or by email at KStephens@Rialtopd.com.

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