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At about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, detectives, Crime Scene Unit personnel, Police Explores of the Bakersfield Police Department and Investigators from the Kern County Coroners Office removed what appear to be human remains from a burial site at 218 Curnow Road.The remains will be taken to the Kern County Coroners Office where an autopsy will be performed on Friday, to begin to determine the identity of the decedent.A neighbor told 23ABC that recently, they saw the man who was renting the home, identified as 45-year-old Frank Valles, using a small tractor in the back yard. Related Content
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"He was out there messing around for a couple hours. You could say a full day," said neighbor Martin Guzman."We thought he was going to go plant something but after he was digging for a while we thought he's not going to plant anything, probably going to bury somebody," said neighbor Eliseo Ibarra."It was crazy. Kind of suspicious. He was putting a guard up between the fence like he wanted privacy," said Guzman.BPD officials said the investigation started August 14, when they received a tip about remains buried at home on Grass Creek Drive.Investigators said they discovered human remains buried in the back yard and while they were there, Valles arrived at the home.Detectives say Valles knew the victim but are not disclosing the relationship.Valles was arrested on charges of first-degree murder.