Pomona Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Pomona Police Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

A search was underway Thursday for a Pomona woman who went missing under “suspicious circumstances” a few days before her husband was found dead of suicide at their home, authorities said.

The body of Ivan Hernandez was discovered about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the garage of the home he shared with his wife, Marisela Fabian Hernandez, according to Pomona police.

Officers went to that location in response to a “victim of a suicide call,” according to police, who did not disclose the address.

Investigators have determined that Ivan Hernandez committed suicide, and no foul play was suspected in his death, said Pomona police Sgt. Marcus Perez.

Police were told that the couple had been having recent marital problems. Detectives learned that Marisela Hernandez did not show up for work on Sunday, Perez said, adding that efforts by her family to reach her have been unsuccessful.

She disappeared under “suspicious circumstances,” and police want to make sure she is OK, Perez said.

Marisela left her car behind and detectives don’t yet know how she left home, according to police. Candles and flowers have been placed in front of the garage where the body was found.

“He’s a good guy, a really great guy,” Hernandez’s 19-year-old son, Fernando Zarate, told ABC7. “I’m gonna miss him, you know. He did teach me a lot of things, like how to take care of my brothers.”

Zarate said his parents were having marital problems and had accumulated a lot of debt.

“She hasn’t come back since,” Zarate said. “We’ve tried calling her, her phone just goes straight to voicemail.” said.

Zarate said his mother had a pattern of leaving, the last time was about a month ago for three days to possibly meet a boyfriend in New York.

He had the following message for his mother: “Just come home, we really need [you] right now.”

Anyone who may have knowledge of her whereabouts was urged to call 911 or contact Pomona police at either (909) 620-2151 or (909) 622-1241. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.

—City News Service


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