Location: Avenue 168 and Road 166, Woodville

Incident Date: 7/31/21

City: Woodville

Posted by: Media Relations

Around 8:20 p.m. on 7/31/21, TCSO Deputies were called to a home in the area of Avenue 168 and Road 166 in Woodville for a woman who had been shot. When they arrived, Deputies found that 30-year-old Rachel Martinez had died at the scene.

Throughout the investigation, Detectives found that 31-year-old Ruben Sanchez shot Martinez after a verbal argument. Sanchez left the area when Deputies were called. 

The gun Sanchez used in the murder has not yet been found, and Detectives believe he is still armed and dangerous. Sanchez has previously lived in the Oregon and Washington and may attempt to return.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective J. Melendez or Sgt. B. Clower at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 559-733-6218 or 559-802-9563.