Now family members are once again asking for help finding his killer.
Authorities found Felipe Bravo Junior's body in Monterey County, but they believe he was killed in Merced County.
The 23-year-old lived in Los Banos and was last seen at a house there last New Year's Eve.
Deputies arrested a suspect in the case in March, but he was released after the district attorney determined there was not enough evidence to charge him.
"It's been very difficult for all of us because because as hard as it was a year ago to hear of his death it's just as hard a year later that not only is he not coming back," Flor Bravo, the victim's sister, said.
Felipe Bravo Junior was the youngest of nine siblings. His family is now offering a $25 thousand reward for information that helps authorities catch his killer.