First responders discover body in rural Winters home

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A man allegedly killed his wife at a rural Winters home Sunday shortly before taking his own life, according to the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials said they performed a welfare check at the home in Canyon Creek Resort on Highway 128 at about 11 a.m. in response to a 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 agency 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 the suspect as the victim’s husband, 56-year-old, Alfonso Hernandez Jr. of Sacramento, and issued a be-on-the-lookout bulletin for 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 at about 1 p.m. 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.”

The victim’s name was expected to be released by Yolo County coroner’s officials after she is positively identified and next of kin notified, sheriff’s officials said. The motive for the killing also remains under investigation but is believed to be an isolated incident.

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