Autopsy Report: Porterville man's wife was suffocated

Booking photo of 33-year-old Victor Lopez (TCSO)

UPDATE: Nov. 29, 1:00 p.m.

An autopsy report has revealed that 31-year-old Samantha Lopez of Porterville died from Suffocation.

Samantha is the wife of the suspect, Victor Lopez.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Tulare County sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on E. Date in Porterville for a welfare check under suspicious circumstances.

When officers got to the home, they saw a man ran away from the scene.

During the investigation, a woman was found dead inside the home.

The woman was identified at 31-year-old Samantha Lopez.

The woman's husband, 33-year-old Victor Lopez, was located a short distance away and arrested.

Lopez was booked into the Tulare County Jail facing a number of charges including murder, child endangerment, and domestic violence.

The cause of death is still pending autopsy results.

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