Woman found dead in Merced County identified, deputies search for 34-year-old man

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MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — The Merced County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspicious death of a 41-year-old woman in Winton.

Deputies said they responded to a home in the 7900 Block of Olive Avenue in Winton for an unresponsive woman on Monday. When deputies arrived at the house, they found 41-year-old Tammy Balloue dead inside a bedroom.

Deputies said they are looking for 34-year-old Jorge Luis Martinez who they say was with Balloue earlier in the day. Deputies are also searching for Balloue’s vehicle, a Blue 2005 Lexus ES300; license plate 8EPN976.

Due to the suspicious nature of the death, investigators are asking if anyone has information on the whereabouts of Martinez or Balloue’s 2005 Lexus ES300; to not approach the vehicle or Martinez and call 9-1-1.

The cause of death is under investigation.

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