HANFORD — The Hanford Police Department and the Kings County Major Crimes Task Force have arrested Pete Reyna as an alleged accessory in the January murder case of Salvador Valdovinos, officials said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Reyna, 58, on Friday after authorities said they received multiple tips in regards to his involvement in the homicide. He was arrested in the city of Hanford.

In addition to Reyna, police said 37-year-old Mark Valdivia of Hanford, aka Scoobs or Mark Tafolla, is still wanted for questioning in connection with the killing of Valdovinos.

On Jan. 1, HPD and the Kings County Major Crimes Task Force learned of the disappearance of Valdovinos following a New Year’s Eve party. Investigators recovered his body on Jan. 5 from a shallow grave near Hanford-Armona Road and 9th Avenue.

Through evidence and numerous interviews with subjects who were with Valdovinos the night of his disappearance, investigators said they developed information that indicated Valdovinos had been shot and killed by 41-year-old John Reyna after an argument erupted at the party.

Officials subsequently arrested John Reyna and 36-year-old Joe Trejo — the host of the party who allegedly helped Reyna transport Valdovinos’ body to the burial location — in connection with the slaying of Valdovinos.

Pete Reyna was arrested Friday on suspicion of accessory to murder and booked into the Kings County Jail, officers said.

Investigators said they are now requesting any information on the whereabouts of Mark Valdivia.

Anyone with information regarding Valdivia or any others who were involved in the killing of Valdovinos is urged to contact the Kings County Major Task Force at 852-2991 or the Hanford Police Department at 585-2540.

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