3/19/21 - The victim has been identified as Anthony Padilla, 39, of Fresno. A manner of death has not yet been determined. Padilla was reported to Fresno Police as a missing person on March 6th. He lived near the area where he was discovered.
Around 9:45 am on Thursday, workers reported finding what appeared to be a deceased body lying in a row of a citrus grove.
This orchard is located on the south side of Jensen Avenue, between Minnewawa and Clovis Avenues in Fresno. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed it was in fact a man who had died.
Homicide detectives arrived and determined the death to be suspicious. They along with our Crime Scene Unit and Drone Unit worked to collect evidence and interview the people who made the discovery.
The nature of the person’s death is unknown at this time. An autopsy will be scheduled to make that determination. Forensic technicians are working to identify the man, which should help detectives learn more about the victim’s recent whereabouts and anything significant happening in his life.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to please contact Detective Carl Chalmers at (559) 600-8207 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867, www.valleycrimestoppers.org You will remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.