A young man found dead on a riverbank east of Mendota Tuesday morning has sparked a homicide investigation, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said.
Spokesman Tony Botti said the body, later identified as 19-year-old Jose Delcid Escalante of Mendota, was found by a worker on San Mateo Avenue just north of Whites Bridge Avenue/Highway 180 just before 10:45 a.m. Escalante had visible injuries, but Botti declined to share the specifics.
Botti said Escalante’s killing doesn’t appear to be a random act, meaning the victim was targeted by someone else. Detectives aren’t sure how long he had been on the bank, but it appears to have been only a few days or so.
No other information was immediately available. This is the fifth homicide in unincorporated Fresno County this year.
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Anyone with information on the case is asked to call either Detective Adam Maldonado at 559-600-8208 or Detective Jose Mora at 559-600-8205.