FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE) – The body found in a Fresno canal Thursday has been identified as 67-year-old charlie vang, according to the Fresno County Coroner’s Office.
Vang was last seen on June 13 after attending a funeral service at 1495 N. Chestnut Avenue in Fresno.
Vang’s family members say he called for a ride around 11:30 p.m. but Vang was not there when his son arrived. His family filed a missing person’s report.
“I wake up every day and I say is this really evening happening,” said Charlie’s daughter Mai Vang.
On Thursday, first responders received a 911 call about a man floating in the canal near Fedora and Blackstone avenues. His body was pulled out near Dayton and College avenues.
“At this point, we don’t know how he ended up in the canal,” said Fresno Police Lt. Rob Beckwith. “We did have some information at the time that he may have been drinking. We will have to do additional testing, toxicology, to see if that played a factor.”
Vang was a pillar in Fresno’s Hmong community, as well as a decorated war veteran.
“This is very sad and shocking news,” said Rep. Jim Costa. “Charlie was a war veteran who fought alongside American troops in Vietnam and a refugee who came to this country seeking a better way of life. As an advocate for the Hmong community, he worked tirelessly to help others come to the United States and the Central Valley just as he had done himself. My thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time.“
Detectives with Fresno Police will continue the investigation into Vang’s death, including searching for surveillance footage from the area Vang went missing.
Vang had 22 children, 60 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.