Kern Co. Coroner's Office says a 15-year-old girl found dead in South Bakersfield was strangled

Posted at 10:16 PM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-15 02:30:40-04

UPDATE (April 14, 2017, 4:15 p.m.): The Kern Co. Coroner says Stacy Duke was strangled and her manner of death was a homicide.

Gerardo Rodriguez made his initial court appearance in connection to the case on Thursday; his arraignment was continued to April 20.


UPDATE (April 13, 2017 2:05 p.m.): According to the DA's Office, Gerardo Rodriguez could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted, or life in prison without parole.


UPDATE (April 12, 2017 5:45 p.m.): The 15-year-old killed in a detached garage has been identified as Stacy Duke of Bakersfield.


UPDATE (April 11, 2017 4:05 p.m.): Police arrested 23-year-old Gerardo Rodriguez Monday evening in connection the the suspicious death investigation.

A deceased 15-year-old girl was found inside a detached garage at a home where the suspect was detained.

He was arrested on charges of murder and child abuse.


Bakersfield Police are at a home in south Bakersfield investigating what officials are calling a suspicious death. 

They are on Dore Drive near Planz Road and S. Union Avenue.

Our 23ABC crew who is at the scene said there are four BPD patrol cars and a crime scene unit van. 

Officials said the initial call was for a check the welfare at the residence.