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Cause of death in case of Bakersfield man found in silo released

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 17:46:32-04

SHAFTER, Calif. — Allen Jeffrey Stracener, 26, of Bakersfield was found dead in a silo at Westside Farms in Shafter back in June. On Wednesday, the Kern County Sheriff's Officer released the cause of death.

On June 5, the Shafter Police Department responded to reports from a Westside Farms employee around 9 a.m. of something suspicious inside a piece of farm equipment.

"Our investigative team came out after one of my officers and conferred with the coroners office and confirmed that there was indeed a body inside this piece of equipment." said Shafter Police Chief Kevin Zimmermann at the time of the incident.

Wednesday the KCSO announced that Stracener had been smothered to death. However, the KCSO has left the manner of death "undetermined" becasue they have not been able to determine how or why Stracener was in the silo.

Anyone with information in the case can call Detective Yoshikawa at Shafter PD at 661-746-8500.