Body found in trunk of abandoned car in an orchard near Delano identified by authorities

DELANO, Calif. - Authorities have identified the body of a man found in the trunk of an abandoned car near Delano as Jose Francisco Rodriguez Saavedra.

The 42-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

The car was left in an orchard near the intersection of Zerker Road and 9th Avenue.  

The body was found in a black Lincoln around 1:30 p.m. on April 16 by the California Highway Patrol, who then called out Kern County Sheriff's Department homicide detectives, officials said.

It's unknown who called law enforcement initially.  There was also a white car being towed, but officials didn't say if it was connected to the homicide.


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