Deputies report ‘suspicious death’ in Orange Cove orchard; property owner worried homeless issue could lead to more problems


ORANGE COVE, California. (KGPE) – As the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office investigates a suspicious death at an Orange Cove orchard, the property manager is worrying that the growing homeless encampment on her field will cause future problems. 

“In all the years that we have owned the property, this is the first time that someone has died. It is very sad,” said Yoann Burgarin, property manager of the orchard.  

Around 2:20 p.m. on Monday, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies got a call from a cyclist reporting a man was found dead in the orchard near Anchor and Railroad avenues.

“There are some things that are a little less than usual which we are going to be follow up on but at this point it is too early to tell you how this person died,” explained Fresno County Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Pursell.  

The Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the name or age of the man who was found dead in thr orchard.

While Lt. Pursell wouldn’t say how the man died, he did call the death suspicious.

“We do believe that this body has been here for a period of time,” said Lt. Pursell.  

The Sheriff’s Office says there are homeless living in the area but Pursell says right now, there are no indications that the death is homeless related.

However, Burgarin is concerned with the growing number of encampments.

“Its mothers, kids, families. It is everywhere, the whole orchard is filled,” said Burgarin.

Burgarin says she has contacted the Sheriff’s Office, Orange Cove Police, and the city manager’s office, but claims no one will move the homeless out.

She worries, as the temperature rises to the triple digits, more people could die on her orchard.  

“This is not right. This is right in front of the city, they need to get them help. They need to address it.”

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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