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Bakersfield Police Department investigating suspicious death after carjacking in Central Bakersfield

Posted at 4:30 AM, Dec 30, 2016
and last updated 2017-04-17 19:36:54-04

UPDATE (April 17, 2017 4:34 p.m.): The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified the victim as Patrick Lerossignal Hull, 46, of Bakersfield.

The cause of death is stab wounds of left hand and right lower leg and the manner of death is homicide. 

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Just after 2 a.m. on December 30, Bakersfield police officers responded to a report of a carjacking on U Street, just east of 1st Street.

Officers spoke with a man who said he was assaulted and his vehicle was stolen.

During the investigation, BPD officers discovered a dead man on V Street, just south of 3rd Street. As a result, the two streets were closed off as they investigated this suspicious death.

The car that was stolen is still missing, and officers believe that due to the short distance between the body and carjacking that the two instances are related.