Police may have uncovered the body of a missing teen in SE Fresno

April 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Investigators are working to figure out if a body found in the backyard of a Southeast Fresno home is the body of a missing teenager. The discovery was made behind a home near Dearing and Fillmore.

Fresno police say they served a search warrant at the home at about 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning. For hours they dug until they found the body of that teen.

Last week officers got information there was a boy buried in the backyard of the home. We now know it may be the remains of a teenager who went missing back in 2009.

"It's tragic and that's why we had close to 20 detectives out here digging, probably digging about 20 tons of dirt. We had the public works department assisting us as well," said Lt. Mark Salazar.

People in the area looked on as homicide investigators sifted through dirt.

"They started out with shovels early this morning and they brought a tractor in and I've just seen them coming out with bags and I have seen them digging in the hole with masks," said Emily Essman.

Emily Essman watched them dig for hours. She and other family members stayed because they believe the body belongs to a teenage relative who also went missing in 2009.

"It's been 4 years and 18 days today. We all know what happened. We have been knowing what happened and it's closure for us," said Essman.

"We are relieved, it's closure," said Shiloh Lee.

Action News tried to speak with the people who live at the home where the body was found. They would not comment.

The coroner's office has not confirmed the identity of the remains. Police say several people were interviewed but no one was taken into custody.


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