County coroner identifies rural Winters homicide victim

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Yolo County coroner’s officials identified a 51-year-old Sacramento woman as the victim of a homicide in rural Winters last week.

Dorene Monica Hernandez died of a gunshot wound to the torso, Deputy Coroner Laurel Weeks said Friday.

Yolo County sheriff’s officials previously reported that Hernandez’s husband, Alfonso Hernandez Jr., allegedly shot his wife inside a recreational vehicle at the Canyon Creek Resort on Highway 128.

Deputies performed a welfare check there at about 11 a.m. Sunday after receiving a phone call from a friend of the couple.

That person “advised a friend called him and stated he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself,” the Sheriff’s Office reported in a Facebook post. “Once on scene, deputies located a deceased adult female with a fatal gunshot wound inside of an RV.”

Investigators identified Alfonso Hernandez as the suspect and issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for law-enforcement agencies along the Highway 50 corridor, where Hernandez was believed to be headed by car.

At about 1 p.m., reports came in that authorities had located Hernandez’s vehicle on Icehouse Road, near the small town of White Hall.

“As El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers attempted to contact Alfonso, he shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene,” the Facebook post said. “The firearm believed to be used in the homicide was recovered.”

Sheriff’s detectives continue to investigate the motive for the killing.

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