Police continue to piece together evidence as to why the body of 24-year-old Jessica Sanchez was found in an orange grove near County Sixteenth and Avenue 3 ½ E late Monday night.
The cause of death is still under investigation, and police still have no leads on what happened to the mother of three.
In a News 11 exclusive, the man who found her body that fateful night, but did not wish to be identified, spoke to us about the moments leading to her discovery.
“I was driving through the field, and to the left of the tractor I saw some legs sticking out from underneath a tree,” he says. I really didn’t want to believe what I saw, so I drove to the end of the field. I then drove back to where the body was. I called out, and there was no response. I really didn’t know what to do, so I drove back out to the end of the field and called 911.”
The man says it was a truly horrifying experience, and that finding the body has left him on edge.
“Yuma is getting bad,” he says. I just wanted to come to a community with no problems. It’s getting dangerous here, and I moved here from California because it was dangerous there.” He feels for Sanchez’s family, but hopes finding her body has brought them some closure.
“I’m sorry that this had to happen to your daughter, sister, cousin, whatever it may be. I just look at it that at least instead of her being a missing person that you will never find, at least she was found. I want to express my condolences to the family, and if anything ever happens like this in my family, I hope they at least find the body.”