Woman found wet, mostly naked – saying she is a mermaid – identified

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. - The Fresno County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday it has identified the woman who was found near Table Mountain on Tuesday morning claiming to be a mermaid.

She is a 33-year-old woman from the state of Virginia, the Sheriff's Office said. Her name is not being released due to confidentiality restrictions. There is a possibility that the woman is a victim of a crime.

Detectives learned that the woman made travel arrangements and flew to Fresno last week, the Sheriff's Office said Thursday. She was visiting to see if this is an area she may want to move to one day. 

Arrangements are being made to reunite her with family and friends.

"She was wet, she said she had been in the lake, said she needed help and needed to be taken to the hospital," Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said Tuesday.

She was found about 3:15 a.m. walking in the middle of the street on Millerton Road (Friant Road) about a mile south of Table Mountain.

When she was found, her hair was wet, and she was mostly naked. She told officers she had been in the water.

She answers, "I don't know" to most questions, police said. She has claimed to be a mermaid named "Joanna."

"We did go through records after fingerprinting her and we still did not come up with her identity," Hudson said.

She is 5-foot-4, weighs 150 pounds and has webbed feet.

"There are some strange things that happen up here," neighbor Karon Renwick said. "We're in the mountains." 

Anyone with information on this woman should call (559) 621-2455 or email the missing persons unit Detective Paul Hill at

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