Homicide Scene - January 17, 2024

On Friday, April 5th, homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office arrested an 18 year old from Mendota.

He has been booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus and faces one count of murder.  His name is not being released due to him currently being in the juvenile court system.  The court has the discretion to transfer this matter to an adult court.  That decision will be made at a later time.

On January 17th, 2024, deputies responded to check on a car parked in the middle of an orchard located near Belmont and Washoe Avenues, just west of Mendota.  Inside the vehicle was a deceased man whose body had been dismembered.  He was later identified as 25 year old Fraylee Hernandez of Mendota.  

During the investigation, detectives identified a primary suspect in this murder.  They learned the actual killing took place on January 6th, 2024.  At the time, the suspect was 17 years old.  He turned 18 in February.  He and the murder victim were acquaintances. 

Although an arrest has been made, if you have additional information about anyone involved in this investigation, please contact Detective Richard Antunez at (559) 600-8221 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org  You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.  Reference case #24-638.


Fraylee Hernandez

Homicide Scene - January 17, 2024


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137