A Fresno woman missing since she called in sick to work on June 9 was found dead in an SUV near Selma the next day, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alicia Haro, 47, was found unresponsive in the driver seat by a passerby around 7:30 p.m. June 10, the sheriff’s office said. The passerby found the vehicle parked in an orchard on East Mountain View Avenue near South Highland Avenue.
Haro was a pediatric nurse practitioner who worked at Valley Children’s for over 20 years and who reportedly was having anxiety over a new position at work. She joined the hospital as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit and has worked in the hospital’s gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology and oncology practices.
Haro suffered from multiple sclerosis, which caused vision problems.
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“Alicia was kind and generous and had a beautiful outlook on the world,” Beverly Hayden-Pugh, Valley Children’s senior vice president of clinical operations and chief nursing officer, said in a statement Saturday. “We were lucky to be a part of her life. She will truly be missed by all.”
Preliminary results do not indicate Haro’s death was caused criminally, but an autopsy and toxicology tests are pending to determine an exact cause of death, the sheriff’s office said.