Update: Identity of body found in Orland alley released

Bernabe Trenado Cruz, 33, of Orland, from a Sept. 6, 2021, Glenn County Jail booking photo.

By Larry Judkins

Glenn County Observer

The Glenn County Sheriff-Coroner has released the identity of the man whose body was found Wednesday morning in an alleyway in Orland.

As reported earlier in The Glenn County Observer, at about 8:45 a.m. on Dec. 1, Orland police officers received a request for a welfare check for a man lying on the ground in the alley behind 514 Fourth Street.

Officers responded to the alleyway and found a deceased man with an apparent gunshot wound. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

This morning, the man was identified as Bernabe Trenado Cruz, 33, of 367 Stonycreek Drive, Orland.

After Orland police officers found the body, Glenn County Sheriff’s Deputy Emily Lourenzo responded to the scene. She confirmed the death and a coroner’s investigation was initiated.

Next of kin (Julissa Jeanette Trenado of 514 Fourth Street, Orland, and Rafael Trenado of 1082 Winterpine Drive, Orland) were notified of the death.

When the investigation was complete hours after the body was discovered, the decedent was released to the care of Sweet-Olsen Family Mortuary of Orland.

Cruz has had numerous encounters with law enforcement, both inside and outside of Glenn County. On Sept. 6 of this year, he was booked into the Glenn County Jail for a Tehama County warrant alleging willfully discharging a firearm in a negligent manner, and possession of ammunition by a prohibited person (both felonies).

His bail was set at $45,000.

Obviously, Cruz had enemies. The investigation into his death is ongoing, and the Orland Police Department urges anybody with information about the incident to contact Sgt. Kyle Cessna at 530-865-1616.

The Observer plans to publish updates as more information is received. See also the preceding story, “Apparent homicide victim found in Orland alley”.

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