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Man identified after body found in 2017 grass fire

Posted at 2:37 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 23:10:38-05

A man has been identified after his body was found following a grass fire in 2017.

According to KCSO, Refugio Torres-Chavez, 45, of Bakersfield, was found dead at a grass fire that burned east of Cottonwood Road and Pachecho Road in Southeast Bakersfield on July 2, 2017.

A postmortem examination was conducted, and the Kern County Coroner determined that Torres-Chavez died of thermal burns. His death was determined to be an accident.

Torres-Chavez was identified through DNA.