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Remains identified as California City man missing since 2017

Phillip Duncan Hammond
Posted at 12:00 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 15:00:50-05

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. (KERO) — Remains found in Cantil on November 17th have been identified as those of a California City man that was reported missing in 2017.

According to the California City Police Department, KCSO deputies found human remains in a remote area of Cantil on November 17th. Dental records were used to identify the remains as those of Phillip "Pete" Hammond, who was reported missing in July 2017. His disappearance was considered "suspicious" at the time.

The case is being considered a homicide investigation and is being handled by the California City Police Department.

There is a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in connection to the case. If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the California City Police Department at 760-373-8606.