Body found in Han­ford is that of missing man

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY ASH­LEIGH PANOO [email protected]­ Ash­leigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @Ash­leighPan

A body found in Han­ford on Satur­day morn­ing is that of a man missing since New Year’s Eve, ac­cord­ing to Han­ford po­lice Cap­tain Pat Crowe.

The body of Sal­vador Val­dovi­nos was found just south­east of the city, on Han­ford-Ar­mona Road and Ninth Av­enue, around 4 a.m., Crowe said.

Crowe de­clined to iden­tify any sus­pects, al­though po­lice have said at least two peo­ple are in cus­tody.

Two men were booked Fri­day af­ter­noon at the Kings County Jail on homi­cide charges, ac­cord­ing to the Kings County in­mate lo­ca­tor. The men are iden­ti­fied as Joe Trejo, 36, and John Reyna, 41. Both are ac­cused of mur­der, and Trejo of re­mov­ing hu­man re­mains and in­tim­i­dat­ing a witness. Both are ac­cused of be­ing in a gang, ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

Sal­vador Val­dovi­nos’s fam­ily and friends last heard from him at 9:53 p.m. New Year’s Eve when he posted a photo to Face­book, ac­cord­ing to Ruben Val­dovi­nos, who iden­ti­fied him­self on Face­book as the vic­tim’s older brother.

Crowe con­firmed that Val­dovi­nos was re­ported missing on Tues­day, af­ter not re­turn­ing home from a party in Han­ford.

In a Face­book post dated Jan. 4, Ruben Val­dovi­nos said that min­utes be­fore post­ing the pic­ture of him­self and a group of men, his brother “called a very close friend and asked to be picked up from the house where he took that pic­ture. That per­son close to Sal ar­rived be­fore 10 p.m. and was ap­proached out­side the house by a dis­creet in­di­vid­ual who then said to the per­son pick­ing up Sal that they did not know a per­son by the name of Sal and it was best that per­son close to Sal leave that house im­me­di­ately.”

Sal­vador Val­dovi­nos’s car was parked out­side the house as the friend was told to leave, his brother said.

“That per­son who came to pick up Sal drove off con­fused try­ing to call Sal on his cell phone but there was no re­sponse,” Ruben Val­dovi­nos’s post con­tin­ued. “A short time af­ter, his ve­hi­cle was no longer at that house and his phone was turned off. Sal has not been seen or heard of since then. On 1/2/19 his SUV was found aban­doned in a mo­bile home park across the Han­ford Flea Mar­ket.”

Ruben Val­divi­nos said in an­other Face­book post on Satur­day that his brother’s body had been found Satur­day.

“My fam­ily now can mourn and give my lit­tle brother a proper burial,” the post read. “Please, give my par­ents, my si­b­lings, and es­pe­cially Sal’s kids time to mourn. This is a very dif­fi­cult time for our fam­ily so PLEASE no phone calls or vis­its ask­ing about details! We love you lit­tle brother and we will miss you so much!”

Sal­vador Val­dovi­nos

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