Coroner identifies human remains found burnt vehicle in Fresno County orchard


UPDATE: The Fresno County Coroner’s Office on Thursday, April 25 identified the dead man as Enrique Duran, 62, of Avenal.


Human remains were found inside a burnt car in an orchard in western Fresno County, authorities say.

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti said in a news release that deputies responded to a report of a burnt car near Palmer and El Dorado avenues near Interstate 5, west of Huron.

A close inspection of the Ford revealed what the deputies believed to be human remains, and homicide detectives and members of the coroner’s office were called in.

It was not immediately known how long the vehicle was in the orchard, when it caught fire and how the fire started, according to the release.

An identity cannot be determined due to the body condition, but DNA tests will be conducted – a process that may take months to complete, according to the release.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98