A murder warrant has been issued in the disappearance of 16-year-old Sammy Mercado, who vanished after attempting to steal marijuana from an outdoor grow site last month. Investigators claim 21-year-old Ernie Chanmany of Fresno is wanted on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and weapons charges.
Chanmany was identified as a possible suspect involved in Mercado's disappearance. The teenager's body has not been found. Mercado has been missing since April 12, when he and two friends tried to steal marijuana from an outdoor farm. During the incident, two men emerged from a hut, and one of them began shooting at the teen. His friends drove away, leaving the 16-year-old lying on the ground. When they returned, Mercado was gone, but evidence on the scene indicted the teenager may have been shot.
The suspect has not been found, but authorities are searching for him.
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Image courtesy of Fresno County Sheriff.