Murder investigation unfolds near Fowler

Fresno County Sheriff’s Office identifies body of deceased woman found on Christmas Eve; rules her death as homicide

By Mid Valley Times Staff
Published December 27, 2023  • 
4:00 pm
(Fresno County Sheriff)
(Fresno County Sheriff)

FRESNO COUNTY – The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FSO) has determined the deceased body found east of Fowler, near the intersection of Adams and Highland avenues, was the product of a homicide.

The body of Fresno resident Cassandra Munoz, 33, was discovered on Dec. 24 at 5:30 a.m. after FSO received reports of an injured person. When deputies arrived on the scene, they determined that Munoz was deceased and concluded that her injuries were consistent with a homicide.

The area where Munoz’s body was found is bordered by orchards. That Sunday, FSO had taped off the area southeast of the intersection of Adams and Highland. The exact location where Munoz’s body was discovered has not been disclosed.

To date, no suspects have been identified. According to FSO, homicide detectives are working to learn more about Munoz. Detectives would like to speak with people who knew Munoz to determine the last time they had seen or spoken with her.

FSO is asking that anyone with information please contact Detective Jose Diaz at 559-600-8204 or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or online at valleycrimestoppers.org. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of $2,000. Callers are asked to reference case #23-14824.

Mid Valley Times Staff