Homicide detectives with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help in locating 40 year old Michael Brandon Kent of Fresno.
He also goes by the nickname of Gage. Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Kent committing a homicide. He should be considered armed and dangerous, so the public should not approach him. Instead, dial 911 if you see him or know of his whereabouts.
Around 10:30 pm on Wednesday, July 19th, 2023, a utility worker called law enforcement after finding an injured person, later identified as James Buford, near Piedra and Elwood Roads, which is in the area of Winton Park. EMS, Cal Fire and deputies arrived and found the man, along Piedra Road, outside of the park. EMS transported him to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno where he later died.
69 year old James Buford of Sanger Buford was contracted by Fresno County to work as a camp host. This means he was a custodian caretaker hired to provide on-site security for Winton Park. The county has a total of 13 such workers who provide this type of service at seven different county parks.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Michael Kent is asked to please contact Detective Rudy Tafoya at (559) 600-8207,
Suspect - Michael Brandon Kent A.K.A. Gage
Victim - James Buford