Human remains uncovered in 2003 identified; Mammoth Lakes man arrested on suspicion of murder
Above: Undated photo of Isabel Sanchez Bernal
A Mammoth Lakes man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to recently-identified human remains that were first discovered in 2003.
In May of 2003, unidentified human remains were discovered in a shallow grave near Shady Rest Park. Investigators determined the remains belonged to a woman of Native American ancestry from the southern region of Mexico, and estimated her to be around 30 to 40 years old at the time of her death.
More recently, with the advent of DNA processing technology, investigators were able to identify the woman as 30-year-old Isabel Sanchez Bernal of Puebla, Mexico. On Friday, August 13, 47-year-old Diego Santiago Hernandez-Antonia was identified and arrested as the primary suspect in Bernal’s murder.
Hernandez-Antonia remains in custody without bail at the Mono County Sheriff’s jail facility.