Person found dead in apartment

Victim died of a gunshot wound to the head

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Sheriff's found a dead body in an apartment after a worried landlord called to report a tenant missing.

Authorities said that the landlord at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of Quincy Street became suspicious when he hadn't seen his tenant, 21-year-old Joseph Israel Vargas, since the first of the month.

He called officials who entered the apartment and found a decomposing body on the floor.

Investigators said there were several items found near the body that lead them to suspect foul play.

The coroner's report has determined the case to be a homicide and the cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound to the head.


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