KCSO investigating "suspicious death" after man is found dead on side of road

TEHACHAPI, Calif. - A man was found dead on the side of a dirt road about a quarter of a mile southeast of the intersection of Highway 58 and Broome Road west of Tehachapi, officials said.

The man, 21-year-old Ricky Perez of Arvin, was located by an employee of Loop Ranch at about 8:05 a.m., officials said.

Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded and said that the body displayed signs of trauma and the death appeared suspicious.

Detectives responded to the scene and initiated a homicide investigation, officials said.

An exam of the body to determine cause and manner of death is scheduled for Feb. 7.

The investigation is ongoing, and if anyone has information on this case they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.

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