Woman found dead in mine shaft on Kern County border

RIDGECREST - A woman who had been missing was found dead in a mine shaft just outside of Kern County Monday.

Sandra Jean McKinney, 71, went missing Sunday. After a search, her body was recovered from an abandoned mine shaft in the area of Red Mountain in San Bernardino County, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office report.

Due to the suspicious nature surrounding McKinney's disappearance, homicide investigators assumed the investigation, the report said.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Aaron Rodriguez or Sergeant Jason Radeleff of the Sheriff's Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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