Fresno Chief of Police Accused of Murder/Suicide Cover-up

Jose Moralez Cover-up

In the wake of news about Fresno’s deputy police chief Keith Foster being charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, another story was being shared widely on social media about the Fresno police department by the daughter of late Fresno police lieutenant Jose Moralez.

Moralez, who was a cop in Fresno for 30 years, was found dead in 2004 not far from the home of the Chief of Police, Jerry Dyer.

In 2004, Dyer suspended Moralez for allegedly violating department policy, and took his badge and firearm from him.  November 9, 2004, Moralez went to Dyer’s home to confront him after working out in his garage with his 13-year-old son.   That was the last time anyone saw Jose Moralez alive.

It was reported at the time that a motorist saw Jose face down, near a truck, with an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest.

Apparent in a statement made by then City Manager, Daniel G. Hobbs, not everyone believed Jose’s death was a suicide:

Response To Fresno Bee Article

 01/04/2005
FRESNO,CA (January 4, 2005) On behalf of the City of Fresno, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the families receiving recent media attention in the Fresno Bee (Sunday January 2, 2005), article entitled, “Officer’s Suicide Raises Profile of Alleged Affairs,” written by Reporter Doug Hoagland.

The City would like to address the article in detail. However, under State law the City may not publicly address personnel issues raised in the article. While the City does not interject itself into personal matters involving its employees, we are legally obligated to investigate complaints involving matters such as:

  • Allegations of sexual relations, even if consensual involving a supervisor and subordinate employees
  • Any activities that would impact employee job performance; and
  • Hostile work environment.

These matters are investigated in a fair and impartial manner, as required by law.

Additionally, any insinuation that Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer caused the death of Lieutenant Jose Moralez, is totally unfounded and appalling. The City is confident that the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department is conducting a professional and unbiased investigation regarding the tragic death of Lieutenant Jose Moralez.

In closing, the City would ask everyone to keep in mind how difficult these events have been for everyone involved, in particular the families and entire Fresno Police Department.

Daniel G. Hobbs, City Manager
Contact: Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

The family of Jose Moralez accuse Dyer and fellow police officer, Al Maroney, of murdering Jose and covering it up.

In Febuary of 2006, Jose’s widow, Yolanda Moralez, filed a lawsuit against the City of Fresno, Jerry Dyer, Al Maroney, Lt. Art Alvarado, Lt. Burt Farrah, and Sgt. Richard Mendoz of the Fresno Police Department.  Yolanda is also a former Fresno police officer.

The complaint alleged:

Defendants’ contribution to Lieutenant Moralez’s death was in
anticipatory retaliation for his expressed intention to disclose sensitive information and such retaliation took the form of intentional noncompliance with the law and procedure and overt misconduct directly related to Lieutenant Moralez’s death.”

According to Yolanda, the family’s attorney failed to appear at hearings and mysteriously disappeared for 3 months, resulting in the case being dismissed.

“I was staking out his office, because I was notified that I had missed a court date, and I hadn’t heard from him in months. I spotted him going into his office one day, and went in and asked him; ‘Did they get to you?’ he was silent.” -Yolanda said.

She also spoke of perjury: “Eight men were willing to perjure themselves to have this case buried.”-she said.

The accusations circulating on social media were originally written by Jose’s step-son, Dustin, and posted on craigslist; and later in a comment thread on indybay.org in 2013.

He states:

Based upon information and belief, I, and countless others – believe that Jerry Dyer and Al Maroney murdered my Step-Father and that a cover up has ensued. No doubt, JOSE MORALEZ’s DEATH WAS IN NO WAY, SHAPE OR FORM – A SUICIDE.

“Why was the motorist not identified?”

“Why was the motorists cell phone immediately disconnected thereafter?”

“Why did the City of Fresno refuse, and sue, to keep Jose Moralez’s cell phone records private, when they are a matter of public record?”

He concludes the post with a message to Dyer, Maroney, and coincidentally, Keith Foster.

Message to Jerry Dyer and Al Maroney – and to all others who know what really happened (listen closely Keith Foster):

“What is done in secret, shall be revealed openly…the Truth shall set you free.”

Jose’s daughter, Kaelyn Moralez spoke to us about the night her father never came home:

“It was a normal day, nothing real out of the ordinary, then suddenly he got a phone call and said that he had to leave and that was the last anyone seen of him. I know my father did not commit suicide.”

Kaelyn said she decided to bring it up now because of the recent arrest of Keith Foster.

I felt like the situation was or could be similar to my dads. My dads “crime” was nothing near close to what Foster did but both being good friends of Dyer I thought he could end up like my dad.

I’m hoping that now is the time we will finally see him [Dyer] exposed for what he really is and what he has done to my family along with other families. 10 years is enough and it needs to end now.

Dialogue with retired Fresno police officer, and former detective Yolanda Moralez reveals a very sinister, and plagued police department.

As a former Narcotics Officer, Yolanda Moralez explained how police officers routinely get away with a host of different crimes, or are at times investigated, but not much else is done.

“Playing golf on duty, stealing gas, robbing immigrants that know very little of the law, and get very few resources…  This is not the first investigation into Kieth Foster.” She revealed.  “A Cardlock investigation into gas theft went all the way up to internal affairs some time ago.”

Yolanda also explained why she thinks she was ousted from the Narcotics Division.  Her first language being Spanish, as such, she did interpretations on scene. This is her report of how “not being a team player”, got her kicked off Narcotics:

“I was at the scene, interpreting for a Mexican National. He gave me his copy of a receipt for the sale of a trailer he had just delivered for $15,000 he had. The Sgt. and the Canine Officer on the scene at the time filed no report, and kept the money.” Ms. Moralez paused, “I just wanted to be a cop.”

Yolanda continued:

“Jerry Dyer lived right across the street from me, my husband and he started off very good friends. There were 2 instances, one in ‘87 another in ‘89, that Jerry Dyer was dropped off at his home early in the morning by underage girls, Jerry still drunk came over to my house. He could not be taken home to reveal his affairs with young girls to his wife.”

Yolanda went into a suspicious memory from her police career:

Before I was kicked off Narcotics. I was concerned with a known [confidential informant] walking around the neighborhood in front of our houses. I confronted Dyer about this, and he assured me not to worry. A few weeks later I found that my personal firearm had gone missing from my home. Only a few nights after that I parked an unmarked car in my driveway overnight, and came out the next morning to find that the trunk had been burglarized. Dyer had also come under heat for a missing AR-15 he claims he accidentally left on the trunk of his car. Sometime later, after having been kicked off Narcotics, I got a call from the Narcotics Sgt. Pat Jackson. He broke down crying and would not incriminate himself, but basically admitted he knew something, or did something and he was really sorry… None of the guns or equipment was ever recovered.”

Fast forward to 2004 where she discusses the death of her husband:

“My husband was found dead in the field across the street from Dyer’s home. He was found with a gunshot wound to the chest, which was reported by an anonymous passer-by.” She continued on the autopsy report. “My husband was right handed, and the glock they found was to the LEFT of his body. He also had a large gash above his left eye.”

She also said that Fresno County Coroner Dr. David Hadden was suspicious of the scenario himself.

“Dr. Hadden told me; ‘Yolanda I know Jose didn’t kill himself, and do you know why? Because as a county coroner for over 30 years. I have never had a male suicide case with a gunshot wound in the chest.’ Also,” Yolanda added, “The autopsy reported my husband as circumcised, I can assure you, I was married to him and had his children. He was not circumcised!”

She concludes the conversation:

“It’s hard when you have all these entities against you. You don’t really have to be a detective to see. This was all covered up. Getting grief from my family and friends for not doing anything, when I really don’t know whom to trust anymore. Do you expect me to turn to the police?”

Jose was known for his efforts in the community and took pride in coordinating and instructing at the Hispanic Residents Academy; an organization that worked to improve the working relationship between the police and residents. He was also active with the Boys and Girls Club and other community projects throughout his career.

He wrote papers 15 years ago on peace officer standards & training that explored using non-lethal weaponry opposed to lethal force.

To many, Moralez was a good cop, and now, a martyr of Dyer’s corrupt police department.

38 Comments on "Fresno Chief of Police Accused of Murder/Suicide Cover-up"

  1. Truly there is something really Goin on wrong in the fresno police department starting with police chief..he has sweep alot under the rug..

  2. That’s what John Lang is saying from his grave. RIP

  3. So what came out of this!

  4. I no nothing. I have no proof. But do I believe? Do my instincts say yeah he did something. Why else would we be talking bout him. It’s not monkey see monkey do its human sense and human understand. Knowledge is power.

  5. i would like to just tell people the answer. But then comes .. How do you know.. ? Bluntly. Duh.. Read the story. The bad guy which is dyer will remain the bad guy. Today. Tomorrow, next year, and many years to come. But what about the guy who died? What was his name.? Dyer say his name. Cry for his forgiveness. Or fail to be human. Self destruct.

  6. Gee you think???????Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap !!!!!!!!!!!!!!i believe it

  7. He retires and gets hired back at a higher pay. What do you think. I also believe Mimms is DIRTY TOO . Get rid of them. Their shoes are in the way of progress !!!!!!!!!!!murders thieves. And obstruction of JUSTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. SHANTE IRELAND | May 6, 2015 at 6:46 am |

    THAT S.O.B A I THE SPIT……..

  9. S.Lucifernandez | May 6, 2015 at 4:51 pm |

    ITS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE F.P.D. GETS EXPOSED FOR ITS CORRUPTED AND UNLAWFULL ACTS AGAINST THE PUBLIC…I BEING A VICTIM AND WITNESS TO MANY OF THEIR APPALLING ACTS..AS MS.MORALEZ SAID YOU DONT EVEN KNOW WHO TO TRUST……THEY NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED BY REAL INVESTIGATORS WHO ARE ON THE SIDE OF THE PEOPLE….BETTER YET SINCE ITS OUR TAX MONEY THAT PAYS THEIR SALARIES WE THE PUBLIC HAVE GOT TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE.THIS NEEDS TO STOP.

  10. Roy Dotson | May 6, 2015 at 9:27 pm |

    Lord expose all darkness concerning this matter in Jesus name, Grant justice to the innocent.

  11. Agirlnamedmichael | May 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm |

    Tip of the iceberg people

  12. All police departments need a good investigation. By the internal affairs, FBI. But then again far up the ladder there is always somebody with alot of brass who would hide the truth or cover it up. It will stay like that for the longest until it goes away. The only protection we as tax payer have is each other like it or not. There is so much bull shit that goes on in all the police stations, there are so many bad cops and lets just see how much time this Fresno cop gets. It will start at 20 years and by the time they are all done it will be 16 months with time served so cut that in half and that leaves 8 months with community service.

  13. Yoland, I believe you. Our sorts being the same is not a coincidence.

  14. Finally the truth is out about how dirty fresno police is. The FP are so dirty they do so much wrong to the citizens here in fresno. They act as if they are so good but i bet every single one of them has done drugs, had got caught with firearm, and got away a few times doing bs.. just because they are cops dont ever believe they good people. They mite be good some times but they are not to be truSted. the county and the people working in the law field are all dirty people. Just because they got law backing them up they think they are better. Im gonna stop here, cause man i can write a whole book if i was to keep going on how these dirty people ruins the of the innocence.

  15. A crooked police department. Is anybody really surprised? If you want real protection, buy yourself a gun.

  16. Elexus Moralez | May 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm |

    Tia yoland were going to get threw this and justice will be for my to joe

  17. Im filing a “excessive force” lawsit and defamation of character lawsuit on chief Dyer and fresno pd. For the killing of my brother Joel Perales in feb 2007. It doesnt take 80 rounds to kill a human being. No statue of limitations on death.

  18. Gregory Jennings | May 8, 2015 at 11:29 am |

    I myself have seen some disturbing acts that the so called officers have committed. I have to say that getting it investigated is not going to be easy and they might want to look at the chp for the Fresno area speaking for myself I have received some alarming actions from a chp officer he stuck his gun under my chin and told a crowd of people to back off who would you go to with something like that and who is going to believe a criminal.

  19. isreL gutierrez | May 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm |

    What about that other officer recently arrested here in fresno …working with drug dealers …they are corrupt

  20. Don’t get me started. Fresno P.D. is dirty. Protect and serve? Laughable.

  21. I hope the truth will soon come out!!!!
    The sad part is that if you carry a badge you should be up holding the law and not be breaking it because eventually the truth will come out!!!
    So many have forgotten the values and morals of up holding the law..
    Good work Kaelyn! Your dad would be proud of you!

  22. Everybody says dirty cops, excessive force, your not in their shoes, I’m sure like ANY job there is bad employees/cop but when something happens to you or your love ones, who’s the first person you called ……. PD. Don’t judge all the PD by one person mistakes, or a few. Because thereally are still good cops that will lay their life down for a stranger, it could be you, or someone you love and care for.. instead of bad mouthing cops, show appreciaton and say THANK YOU

  23. What we need to do is boycott the entire system … we need to get out and march .. we need to GET OUT AND MARCH…!!! If we aren’t paying taxes then they won’t be corrupting our system.. OUR SYSTEM…!! March the street of CALIFORNIA .. March on with pride and our constitution in mind and heart …

  24. Fresno Police. Dept has been corrupted and Scanless since back in my dad’s days. That would be back in the late 50’s 60’s and 70’s. My father got away with everything he did out there Even murder. He was a outlaw (gangster) But had lots of money from his poker games, his peping and his fighting roosters. He had a very repectful attorney at the time that knew the judges and police . IT’S WHO YOU KNOW IN THIS TOWN. I believe every thing this lady’s is saying. about her husband and them trying to cover it up..It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out what happened to her husband. I pray for his family and love ones.

  25. Jerry dryer is one crooked fuzz him and keth f. Are in cahoots with everything and yes he likes to sniff bicycle seats to he talk s a good one. He’s one of the good old boys u seen him with the hang noose with Winchester that’s when he had hair on that screw up head of his he’s got Fresno fooled like he said on the new s he’s got a bigger gang tell that to his niece that s doing life for 187. At least she doesn’t lie about her bad doing. Later I don’t want to end up missing. And that s no lie.

  26. Harvey Dent | July 7, 2015 at 11:22 pm |

    Some one better call BATMAN….

  27. aleshia martinez | July 8, 2015 at 12:34 am |

    This sounds all too familiar! My family and I are going through a similar situation with the Fresno County sheriff’s dept. My uncle Richard Rodriguez, was shot and killed by 4 Fresno County sheriff’s in October.of 2010. In the newspaper there were several lies. They failed to state that my uncle was shot in the back multiple times while his ha b re were extended above his head, on the front porch of our home, in front of my grandfather. And he had no weapon and they never found the alleged rifle. Also his lifeless body was drug from the porch and thrown on the front lawn! They stated that he died at the hospital from a perforated lung, that’s just another added to the several more we’ve encountered, he was killed instantly by the multiple gunshots the murdering officers shot. Since that tragic day my whole family has fallen apart. There is scandal all over this case but how do u win against law enforcement, especially when one of your family members, my other uncle, Richards younger brother, Mark, becomes a weak link and allows the murderers to buy him out!!! We have lost everything, my grandparents have both passed since that tragic day, our property that was in our family was sold out from under us and we were evicted. we have been harassed by law enforcement, my nephew , James Delgado was torn from our family and sole custody was given to his so called father who only seen the boy one time in the 3 years that he was born. One court visit and all of my sister’s parental right were stripped. The took my nephew in May of 2011 and have never allowed any of us including his mother to see him again. We have tried to get him back only to be turned away by everyone in the justice department. Again, how do you win against law enforcement.? It’s funny to me that there has never been another word or article about the murder of my uncle, even though our family filed a 25 million dollar lawsuit. It’s like it never happened. Is there anyone out there that can help us?

    • i dont know if you family has a lawyer if you do i hope there not from fresno if the lawyer is from town trust me they will not win for you get a LA lawyer they will help you out and will take on the city n county in civil law suits never get legal help from fresno lawyer they will always sell out

  28. I believe your story and I know from experience that Fresno PD is corrupt! Trust in God for Bible says what is in the dark shall come into the light! The truth shall prevail I’ll keep your family in prayer.

  29. StopTheLies | July 16, 2015 at 12:39 pm |

    This is all a bunch of B.S. I never want to speak negatively of anyone deceased Lt. Jose Moralez WAS a womanizer up to the day he died. I know this for a FACT because he was trying to have an intimate relationship with me. I didn’t reciprocate, but he would go into GREAT details about what he wanted to do with me. I have been silent for years — but this needs to end. He didn’t have a close relationship with the police chief and he complained about that to me on several occasions. He complained that since Mr. Dyer became the chief they became more and more distant and Lt. Moralez didn’t like it. It is unfair to have this online, public lying regarding an excellent Police Chief, Jerry Dyer, that makes a city that would be otherwise uninhabitable safe for people to live in. Knock this off, you really don’t want people to start coming out in the open and telling the truth about Lt. Moralez and how he was unstable and conflicted. Let the man R.I.P. Obviously that is what he wanted, since he committed suicide. All of this conspiracy theory crap is simply and ONLY one thing crap — enough is enough and you need to knock it off!

  30. tyler durden | August 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm |

    She’s not lying about the underage girls. Back in around 97 i knew a girl named des’ree that went to Washington union hs. She told me then that she and a couple of her friends had got drunk with and banged jerry and his son among others. …

  31. To the person that wrote Stop the lies. You must be Retarded or just a very Stupid person. Every person in this town knows what kind of Police Chief we have. People are just scared to speak out. BUT YOU MUST HAVE WORKED SOME KIND OF DEAL OUT WITH HIM FOR THAT COMMENT. ARE your just a straight up a kiss ass. Every thing that has been said about him is so true. Only there is so much more that has not been Blasted out there yet. Mrs Morales is a honest person when she spoke up about her late husband Officer Morales. Your the one that needs to keep your lies to yourself. WE THE PEOPLE OF FRESNO KNOW THE TRUTH and that goes for all the ones that grew up with the chief. So stay off this site AND KEEP YOUR LIES to yourself . Be a honest person and not a kiss ass.

  32. Daniel Casarez | August 17, 2015 at 12:28 am |

    That’s wat iv been hearing we got really sick cops in d valley they are smart to hide situation and affairs tho they do 24 /7 there only human and can be caught !!!amen!!!!!!and my god will take care of them !!!peace sick pigs???? u did for the money not for the people just taking wat they got life$ &hope for yor pocket ….jerks!!!God will take u ! !!:) peace give your money to the pour people myb god won’t take u so early!!?:)”Dan static “

  33. RODGER AREYANO Sr | September 19, 2015 at 5:32 am |

    On SEPTEMBER 17 2015 around 8:42pm I’VE CALLED THE POLICE DEPRT TO MAKE A REPORT ABOUT MY NIECE DAISY GONZALEZ WHICH IS AN 18 YEARS OLD RIGHT NOW.BUT HER BOYFRIEND RAPED HER WHEN SHE WAS 17-YEARS OLD AND HE THREANGH HER AL THIS TIME.YESTERDAY HER EX-BOYFRIEND POSTED ON FACEBOOK A NUDED OR NAKED PICTURE.BUT AROUND 10:30PM I HAVE CALLED OPERATOR WHAT HAVE HAPPENED TO THE POLICE OFFICER NOT SHOWING UP.SHE SAID TO ME WOULD BE SOME TIMES TONIGHT OR TOMORROW. MY NIECE AND HER MOTHER LEFT BACK HOME WHERE THEY LIVE ON 1030 S. 8TH ST APT#D,FRESNO,CA..AND I LIVE ON 4655 E. ALTA AVE FRESNO, CA 93702.WELL A PIECE OFFICER SHOWED UP THIS MORNING AT MY HOUSE AT 4655 E. ALTA AVE THIS MORNING AROUND 7:30AM LOOKING FOR MY NIECE…DAISY GONZALEZ. I HAVE TOLD THE OFFICER SHE WAS AT ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS A 12TH GRADER STUDENT. I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED BY POLICE DEPRT RESPONDING MY CALLED OR MY SERVICE VERY LACKING OF NOT BEING TO RESPONSIBLE TO THE COMMUNITY CALLS. BY SHOWING UP 12-HOURS LATER ON THE EMERGENCY CALLS THIS EMAIL IT’S GOING TO THE CHIEF POLICE OFFICER : JERRY DYER. ..OK THANK NOT VERY MUCH NOT VERY HAPPY WITH YOUR SERVICES YOU POLICE DEPART ARE PROVIDING TO OUR COMMUNITY OF FRESNO.::ATT: RODGER AREYANO SR. MY EMAIL IS: AREYANO@LIVE.COM AND MY PHONE NUMBER IS#559/727-3191…OK …BYE …

  34. BOY RIP MORALEZ I KNOW THE TRUTH IT WILL COME OUT SOME DAY..

  35. How sad it is that we can only count on ourselves for protection and not trust the officers hire to do that job. Long ago, my parents would tell me as a child that if I were ever in trouble, to run to the nearest policeman. In today’s world, you just might be shot by that police office if you run toward them.

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