After finding his father dead of an apparent suicide at a Pomona home, a 19-year-old on Thursday asked that his mother, who has not been seen since, return home.
Fernando Zarate found his father, Ivan Hernandez, dead inside the garage of an undisclosed home in Pomona Wednesday morning, the teenager told KTLA.
His mother, Marisela Hernandez, 38, also lived at the home and has been missing since.
“You really need to come home,” Zarate said. “I don’t know what else to say but to come home. … They need their mom.”
Fernando was the oldest of four children, including a 10-year-old girl, 16-year-old boy, and 13-year-old boy whose birthday was Thursday.
“He was a good dad,” said Ivan Zarate, 16. “He always looked out for us, but he was going through some hard times right now with my mom and he took the easy way out, I think.”
The couple had marital issues, and Marisela Hernandez had a boyfriend living in Albany, New York, according to Pomona Police Department Sgt. Marcus Perez.
The boyfriend told police on Thursday that he also had not been able to reach her.
Marisela Hernandez was known to leave before, but usually kept in contact with her family, Perez said.
It was also not known how she was traveling, as her vehicle had been left behind.
She was not considered a suspect in her husband’s death, police added.
Anyone with information was asked to call the Pomona Police Department. If you wish to remain anonymous please contact CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-222-TIPS or WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for funeral costs and other expenses for the family.