EXCLUSIVE: MPs continue search for evidence in Missy Hernandez homicide investigation
FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno County Sheriff’s Divers returned to the canal where Missy Hernandez was found last weekend and gave KSEE24/CBS47 an insight into the techniques used in this scene crime scene as the search for more evidence continues.
Last Sunday, MPs embarked on a dangerous diving operation to search for the missing woman, who was last seen in early December. Her boyfriend, Ramon Jimenez, has been charged with her murder.
“It was rewarding to be able to bring closure to them because a lot of people had been looking for it for a long time. So it was good to be a part of that,” said Cody Mullen, one of the new members of the dive team. .
Divers were back at the California Aqueduct for several hours on Friday, perfecting the same tactics used to find Missy’s body.
“One of the biggest challenges here is visibility. So right now divers have one to two feet of visibility,” Sgt. Scott Weishaar said.
“We were here for about two to three hours before we found her,” Mullen said.
Hernandez’s body was discovered weighted down below the surface of the water. Before raising him, however, the deputies photographed the underwater crime scene with special cameras. Then they used the “lifting bag” technique to retrieve the body.
“It’s a bag that we’ll attach to an object using cables or strings and then draw air from our air tanks,” Mullen said. “Then we’ll fill this bag with air and it basically acts like a parachute, but it pulls it up.”
MPs train at the canal at least once or twice a year. They also train on Fresno County lakes and rivers.
Ramon Jimenez is due back in court on March 22 regarding the case.