Cause of death of woman found in burning home pending

Clara Basta worked at Bakersfield School District

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A southern Bakersfield woman was found dead in the garage of her burning home Saturday, and her cause and manner of death is still unknown.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office Coroner said they still do not know how Clara Basta, 56 died. The cause and manner of death are pending additional studies.

Basta once worked for the Bakersfield School District, according to her Facebook account.

Basta bought a car in January, and the license plate she listed matches the car that was found abandoned Sunday.

Police had been looking for the white 2002 Dodge Intrepid Saturday.

The garage at the house where Basta's body was found remains boarded up as investigators try to figure out how she died.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 661-327-7111.

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