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KCSO: Recovery operation underway for 32-year-old man missing in Kern River

Posted at 8:21 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 13:05:56-04

KERN COUNTY, Calif. — A man's body was found in the water near Keyesville on Saturday. Monday crews will search for another man who went missing near the mouth of the canyon. Search and rescue officials are calling it a recovery operation.

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, multiple calls came on Saturday reporting a man falling into the rapids and getting swept down the river. Family members were out over the weekend helping crews in the search.

The identities of both individuals have not been released.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office released the following statement Monday morning:

On August 17, 2019, at approximately 1:40 p.m., KCSO deputies from the Kern Valley substation were called for a report of a man floating in the Kern River, near Keysville. Kern Valley Search and Rescue was called out and located the body of the man approximately one mile down the river. He was not wearing a flotation device. He is a 31-year-old man from Los Angeles. The coroner’s office will release his identity pending family notification.

On August 17, 2019, at about 6:55 p.m., deputies were called for a report of a 32-year-old man who fell in the Kern River near the mouth of the canyon, and was swept downstream. Bakersfield Search and Rescue responded and conducted a search. Search efforts resumed Sunday, and are underway Monday, August 19.
Kern County Sheriff's Office