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Man Charged With Murder Of Girlfriend, Who Was Last Seen A Month Ago At An Art Show
Ramon Jimenez, who already faced a domestic violence charge against his girlfriend Missy Hernandez, is now accused of killing her.
Detectives in California have arrested a man they believe killed his girlfriend, who was last seen more than a month ago at an art show.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that they have arrested Ramon Jimenez, 41, of Hanford on charges of murder and domestic violence in connection with the disappearance of his 30-year-old girlfriend Missy Hernandez.
Hernandez, also known as Missy Perez, was last seen at an art show in downtown Fresno on Dec. 7. She had attended the event with Jimenez, Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said at a Thursday press conference.
“Detectives developed an overwhelming amount of forensic and digital evidence. Some of which included DNA indicating a violent act took place at Missy’s home,” Mims said, adding that “detectives have reason to believe she is dead and Jimenez is responsible for her death.”
“We found evidence of a lot of blood at the scene,” Mims said at the presser.
Jimenez has been in jail since Dec. 8 on a previous charge of domestic violence against Hernandez from October. A sheriff’s deputy who went to Hernandez’s home on Dec. 8 after the missing woman’s loved ones called in a welfare check recognized Jimenez as someone wanted on a previous domestic violence charge.
Until this week, he was considered a person of interest. Jimenez was charged on Tuesday and he is being held without bail. It’s not clear if he has an attorney.
This would only be the second murder case in Fresno County to be prosecuted without having the body of the victim. Still, the sheriff’s office stated that “based on the investigation thus far, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office is confident it can successfully prosecute this case.”
Jimenez is due back in court on March 22. Meanwhile, her family is reeling from Hernandez’s absent.
“The last month, it’s been really difficult, devastating,” Hernandez’s sister, Daisy Hernandez, told YourCentralValley. “Her smile, it’s unforgettable.”