On February 16th, 2019, Fresno County Sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested 62 year old Roger Johnson of Squaw Valley.  He was booked into the Fresno County Jail for murder.  His bail is $1 million.

Johnson’s arrest stems from an investigation that began on July 19, 2018.  Deputies took a report from a family member who said 46 year old Gary Smith of Squaw Valley was missing and had not been seen for about two weeks.  Smith was last known to be staying in a trailer on Roger Johnson’s property located on the 38000 block of Ruth Hill Road in Squaw Valley.

Rumors began to swirl in the community that Smith may have been killed.  On September 14th, 2018, homicide detectives served a search warrant at Johnson’s property for evidence that may be related to Smith’s disappearance.

On January 12th, 2019, detectives received a report of possible human remains being found off of Barberry Lane in Squaw Valley.  Detectives responded to the property, examined the remains and determined them to be human bones.  They are currently being processed for identification through DNA analysis.  The bones are presumed to be those of Gary Smith.  After further investigation, detectives determined that Roger Johnson had killed Gary Smith and arrested Johnson on homicide charges.  

Anyone with additional information on this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111, Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867 or  You will remain anonymous and may receive a cash reward. 

Roger Johnson

Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137
(559) 977-0379
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