Tulare County Coroner positively identified victim found in canal

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Update – The Tulare County Coroner positively identified the victim found in a canal as Francisco Candelario. The coroner said the cause of death was determined to be fresh water drowning and there was no outstanding evidence of significant trauma. 

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Investigations Unit.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Detective Miguel Franco or Sergeant Gary Marks at (559) 802-9563 or (800) 808-0488. Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones. Refer to case number 19-04215


Monday –  Tulare County detectives said they are on-scene of a body found in a canal in the area of Road 36 and Avenue 184 in Tulare.

This is the same area where a vehicle was found last Wednesday that belonged to 84-year-old Francisco Candelario, an At-Risk Missing Elderly Man, from Torrance. Candelario suffers from Dementia. 

The identity and cause of death will not be released until an autopsy is completed tomorrow.

Sunday – Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for an at-risk missing man after finding his car abandoned along a canal bank.

On Saturday, deputies were called to the area of Road 24 and Avenue 184 for an abanoned vehicle with the keys still in the ignition.

“The vehicle had been in the area since last Wednesday and was determined to be associated with 84-year-old Francisco Candelario, an at-risk missing elderly man from Torrance,” the sheriff’s office says.

Candelario suffers from dementia, and is described an Asian male, 5 feet 5 inches, 128 pounds, brown eyes, grey hair and last seen wearing a red jacket.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at tcso@tipnow.com or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.

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