Body identified as missing Delano mom Erika Padron Lango

The Delano Police Department confirms a body found Tuesday in the Friant-Kern Canal is that of Erika Padron Lango.
DELANO, CA - The Delano Police Department confirmed Wednesday evening that a body discovered Tuesday in the Friant-Kern Canal is that of Erica Padron Lango.

The mother of four young children disappeared October 9th after her husband, Julio Lango, said she left at 11 p.m. to walk to a friend's house. She never arrived, and Julio reported her missing to her mother Esther Padron the next day.

On Tuesday just before noon, a canal worker discovered a body in the canal a quarter mile from Woollomes Ave. outside Delano. Investigators said the body appeared to have been in the water for a long period of time and appeared to be a suspicious death.

"I don't want to think in the end what really happened to her," said Esther Padron.

Kern County Sheriff's deputies and the Delano Police Department, as well as Lango's family, conducted searches in the canal area after she disappeared, but found no trace of Lango. Investigators said the water level in the canal went down several feet in the past month.

Julio Lango is considered a person-of-interest in her disappearance.

"No arrests will be made at this time, but we will be bringing in Julio Lango again for questioning," said Sgt. Pete Lopez, Delano Police.

Wednesday morning, Esther Padron said detectives requested her daughter's dental records and were to perform fingerprint analysis on the body.

"She has four children," said Esther Padron. "Her children don't have their mom anymore. How could someone do this so wicked, evil thing to a person?"

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