Missing Winters teen remains identified, grief support available

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On Saturday the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search for Winters teen Eduardo Fierros who has been missing since July 3. (Rick von Geldern/Winters Express)

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July 14, 2022: Update to emotional support services.

On Wednesday, the Solano County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the body found in the water on Sunday has been identified as Winters teen Eduardo Fierros, who had been missing since July 3.

Fierros, 18, had been the subject of a weeklong search of Lake Solano and Putah Creek since shortly after midnight on July 3, when the truck he was traveling in with 18-year-old Julio Vasquez left the roadway, clipped a tree and plunged into the water. Both teens were Winters High School Class of 2022 graduates.

The body was recovered 200 to 300 yards downstream from the crash site, according to Sergeant Rex Hawkins.

On Sunday, July 10, around 3:30 p.m., the Solano Sheriff’s Marine Patrol unit found a deceased body in the water. The Solano County Sheriff’s Coroner Investigator recovered it and the body has since been positively identified as Fierros by DNA analysis.

A large search effort took place, with the Solano County Sheriff’s Office reporting assistance from 70 personnel from regional agencies and volunteers.

Regional sheriff departments and search and rescue teams from Sacramento, Yolo, Alameda and Napa counties assisted Solano OES searching on both land and in water, as did the Vacaville Fire Protection District, Winters Fire Department and CAL FIRE.

Marine patrol boats and watercraft, divers, underwater cameras with sonar, underwater and airborne drones, search dogs, a helicopter and shoreline patrol were all deployed throughout the week in search of Fierros.

Emotional support services
Phoebe Girimonte, the Winters Joint Unified School District’s Acting Superintendent, said district staff are working to coordinate additional counseling services for the community. More information will be shared when it is confirmed.

WHS counselor Marcella Heredia will be available for anyone in the community in need of support or counseling on Friday, July 15 and Monday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In the meantime, RISE, Inc is providing counseling support for Winters JUSD students, staff and the Winters community.

RISE, Inc has three mental health clinicians available to provide emotional support to Winters students, families, Winters JUSD staff and the community. The services are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, contact Alejandra Flores at 530-787-4110 or email aflores@riseinc.org.

Winters JUSD provides mental health resources through Care Solace to students and their families. Information is available at www.wintersjusd.org.

Mental health emergency resources are available at:

  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with support.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
    • English: 800-273-TALK
    • Espanol: 888-628-9454
    • TTYY: 800-799-4998
  • Online chat: suicidepreventionlifeline.org
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQIA+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386
  • Call 911 or request a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support

Rick von Geldern contributed to this article.

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