Location: 200 block of S. Holcomb, Porterville

Incident Date: 2-22-14

Case Number: 14-2346

Victim: Huff, Tonya Kay

Posted by: Media Relations

UPDATE

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Violent Crimes Detectives have recently developed information that the suspect vehicle is an early 90's (possibly 93-94) Mitsubishi Galant pewter in color. It is also believed this homicide is gang related.

Anyone with information regarding vehicles matching the above description or any possible suspect(s) in this case is encouraged to call the Tulare County Sheriff's Department at 559-733-6218 or 1-800-808-0488. Anyone with information can also remain anonymous by calling TIP NOW at 559-725-4194.

ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE

On 2-22-14 at approx. 2222 hrs. Tulare County Fire Personnel along with Tulare County Sheriff's deputies responded to the above location regarding a structure fire where the victim was located badly burned.

While fire Personnel were extinguishing the fire it was discovered the residence had been shot at multiple times and a "Molotov cocktail" type device was located that is believed to have started the structure fire.

The victim was transported to a Fresno burn center where she subsequently passed away as a result of her injuries.