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BPD searches Mill Creek Park canal for homicide evidence

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Posted at 1:06 PM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 16:06:56-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield Police Department says they conducted a joint operation in hopes of recovering evidence in the homicide that allegedly happened on May 23 along the Mill Creek Canal.

According to a news release, on Monday the department recruited KCSO's Search and Rescue team, Officer Air Unit, BFD, and the Water Resources Department to search the Mill Creek Park canal and waterway.

The search comes after 44-year-old Terry William Turpin was arrested for allegedly killing a man in the same area.

BPD says around 8:35 p.m. on May 23, officials received reports of fighting and screaming coming from the area of Harrier Way and Lewis Puller Drive, along the west side of Mill Creek Canal in Central Bakersfield.

When officers arrived, they discovered a man had been assaulted. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

The next day, around 2:10 a.m. BPD says officers located and detained Turpin. BPD says detectives interviewed him and developed information that linked him to the homicide.

Turpin was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail for murder.

Even though an arrest has been made, officials say anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Jones at (661) 326-3555 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.