Mourning Bakersfield husband holds memorial for his missing wife

Woman missing for a year

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A mourning husband held a memorial for his wife to honor her life and gain some closure on Saturday at the Family Life Center in Wofford Heights.

49-year-old Kathleen Bush went missing after parking her car in the canyon.  Her body was never found

Sheriff's homicide detectives and search and rescue crew began their search for the Lake Isabella woman near Kern River Canyon during Sept. 2011.

Officials said a person working in the canyon noticed a woman near call box no. 3 with what appeared to be a large amount of blood on her.

When the person stopped to help, the woman jumped in a car and drove away.

A few miles later, the individual saw the car again, but the woman was gone.  She left a blood trail that led to the Kern River.

Homicide detectives were called out to the scene due to the suspicious nature.  While on scene, a vehicle pulled up and a man inside identified himself as the woman's husband.

Detectives went to their home and found evidence that Bush had been injured, but there was no signs of forced entry or that anyone else was involved.

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