Deputies identify man found dead in Fresno County orchard

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
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Fresno County sheriff's detectives are investigating a homicide after a body was found in an orchard on Thursday morning.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Fresno County sheriff's detectives are investigating a suspicious death after a body was found in an orchard on Thursday.

Officials say workers discovered the body south of Jensen Avenue between Minnewawa and Clovis Avenues around 9:45 am and called the authorities.

Tony Botti, the spokesperson for the sheriff's office, says the investigation is in its preliminary stages. On Friday, investigators identified the victim as Anthony Padilla, 39, of Fresno.

Detectives were waiting for the coroner to arrive to examine the body.

This is a developing breaking news story. Stay with us for updates.