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Avenal police station

The police station in Avenal.

AVENAL — The Avenal Police Department is searching for a man they believe is a suspect in the city’s first homicide this year.

On Friday, Avenal Police officers said they discovered the body of 29-year-old Melquisedec Buezo Mendoza in a rural area within the Avenal city limits. Police have not released how he was killed.

The investigation led to the suspect being identified as 22-year-old Alejandro Cepedatorres from Avenal, officials said.

Police said the homicide, which is the city’s first homicide investigation this year, is not gang related.

Detectives said they are still searching for Cepedatorres. If you have any information about this investigation or Cepedatorres’ whereabouts, contact the department at 386-4444.

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