Chukchansi Park trespass sparks family reunion after a man was missing for nearly five months

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A man missing since September was reunited with his family after Fresno Police responded to reports of a trespass at Chukchansi Park Tuesday.

Officers in downtown Fresno responded to the baseball park around 9:20 a.m. regarding a person who appeared disoriented, trespassing on the park’s property.

Due to a language barrier officers could not identify him, but with the help of another officer, he was identified as Jerman Reyes of Mendota.

A records search showed Reyes was a missing adult out of Mendota since September of last year.

Officers called Reyes’ father, Jose Martinez, and advised him they found his son. Martinez became emotional, crying, and said he had been looking for his son for months.

Due to Martinez being elderly and unable to get transportation, Fresno Police coordinated with the Mendota Police Department to facilitate Reyes’ transportation and reunite him with his father.

He says he was thankful to see his son after nearly five months looking for him.

“The Downtown Policing Unit and Officer Ponce took time and compassion with Reyes, and ultimately returned him home to his family,” the department said of the reunion.

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