Yakima Co Sheriff’s Office
To: All area media
From: Det Sgt R Udell
Date/time: 4/2/2012, 2200 hrs
On Monday, 4/2/2012, at about 1400 hrs, Yakima Co Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 1000 block of Barnhart Rd, near Hwy 22 and south of Granger, on report of the body of a man near the roadway. Deputies discovered the body of Jose Manual Correa, a Sunnyside area resident who had been reported as missing since early Saturday morning, 3/31/12. Correa appeared to have expired from a gunshot wound.
Deputies and fire crews responded Saturday night to a vehicle fire near the same area. The vehicle involved belonged to Correa. Family members reported Correa as a missing person on Sunday, 4/1/12, after they were alerted to the finding of his burned vehicle. Investigators began the search for Correa after the family report Sunday, and continued such until his body was discovered on Monday.
Detectives from the Yakima Co Sheriff’s Office are pursuing a variety of leads in the case. Anyone with information on the disappearance and murder of Correa are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 509-574-2500, or Yakima Co Crime Stoppers at 509-248-9980 or 1-800-248-9980. Persons with information may also text a tip: Text YAKCO plus your message to 27637 (crimes). Web tips are also accepted at www.crimestoppersyakco.org.
For further information, contact Det Sgt Robert Udell at 574-2561.
Det. Sgt. Robert Udell
Yakima Co Sheriff's Office