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'Bakersfield 3' mothers release video response after DA's office announces updates in case

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Posted at 7:56 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 22:56:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The mothers of the 'Bakersfield 3' released a video Thursday in response to the community and the announcement made by the District Attorney's Office in regards to Baylee Despot, Micah Holsonbake, and Matthew Queen.

On Wednesday, the DA's office announced it filed murder and torture charges against Queen and Despot in connection to Holsonbake's case. In 2018, Holsonbake's arm was found in the Kern River just months after his disappearance. The rest of his body has not been found.

In the Facebook video, the three mothers — Jane Parrent, Cheryl Holsonbake, Diane Byrne — thank the community for their support in the case. They said they are grateful for the hard work that detectives and the DA's office have put in towards solving these mysteries.

On Thursday, Baylee Despot's mother, Jane Parrent, spoke with 23ABC, saying she was shocked by the news. However she said this new development would not change the relationship she built with the other mothers who are considered the Bakersfield 3 moms.

It's been two years since Despot was reported missing.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Despot and Queen asked another man, identified as Mathew Vandecasteele, if they could use his detached garage in Southwest Bakersfield to extract information from Holsonbake. The District Attorney said Despot and Queen arrived with Holsonbake, zip-tied his hands, and Despot went inside and obtained a knife. Shortly after the District Attorney's Office said Queen and Vandecasteele researched how to dissolve a human body.