Fresno County Sheriff’s Office seeking help to solve 10-year-old cold case

Anthony Renovato, whose 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.
Anthony Renovato, whose 10-year-old murder remains unsolved.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to solve a 10-year-old cold case.

Sheriff Margaret Mims and friends and family of Anthony Renovato made the plea Wednesday afternoon at a news conference, with Renovato’s father adding an emotional message.

I would like to stop crying and stop wondering why this happened.

Tony Renovato, father of Anthony Renovato, whose 10-year-old murder remains unsolved

Renovato’s body was found badly burned on July 15, 2005, near Lincoln and Maple avenues south of Fresno. Detectives discovered that he had been murdered prior to the burning and have been searching for the “missing piece of the puzzle,” Mims said.

Dale Mendoza, president of Valley Crime Stoppers, said the reward fund in the case has been doubled to $2,000.

Renovato, then 26, was hanging out with friends on the night of July 13 at the former Porky’s restaurant at the corner of First Street and Barstow Avenue when the group left. They visited the home of Ernie Salinas on South Barton Avenue near Calwa, where Renovato stayed until the early morning hours of July 14. At some point, Renovato got into a disturbance with several people at the home.

Detectives have identified some of the party’s attendants at the home, the last to see him before he was murdered, but no arrests have been made.

Mims said that no information is insignificant, and that detectives are right on the cusp of solving the case.

Anthony’s father, Tony Renovato, said Wednesday that it has been a difficult 10 years for his family and was nervous to speak, but said he needed to get his son’s message out.

“I caught myself crying at a stoplight today just recalling the events that have happened over the years; my family has suffered tremendously,” Renovato said. “My son was not just a name. He was a person. He was a father. He was a brother. He was a son. He was a loving person that happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

“If anybody is out there that can contribute any information, no matter how little it is, I would like to stop crying and stop wondering why this happened to our entire family, why he’s not here with us, because of the selfishness of this murder. If anybody is out there, please step up.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact detective Donna Davis at 559-600-8207 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP (7867).

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614