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Families want answers in local murder and disappearances

Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-08 02:25:26-04

Sunday night the families of three friends, the 'Bakersfield 3,' gathered for a candlelight vigil to bring awareness to their death and disappearances.

Bakersfield Police say 38-year-old James Kulstad was shot and killed in a Southwest Bakersfield neighborhood in a possible drive-by shooting.

Micah Holsonbake went missing in March and was last seen in March 2018, in the area of Flower Street and Mount Vernon Avenue in East Bakersfield.

Holsonbake is described as 5-foot-10 and weighing 190 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes. 

Baylee Despot went missing in April 2018. After months of investigation, detectives have been unable to find Despot and there has not been a suspect named in the case. No one has been arrested or charged either, according to police.

Despot is described as a Caucasion female, 21-years-old, 5 feet 7 inches at approximately 110 pounds. She has green eyes and brown shoulder length hair.

A $6000 reward is being offered for the successful resolution of Despot's case.

The families of Kulstad, Holsonbake and Despot say they all knew each other and were part of the same social circle.

"Three families have gotten together and we are not going to stop until we find answers," said Camryn Albert-Kulstad, James Kulstad's daughter.

If you have any information on Kulstad, Holsonbake or Despot, notify Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040. All information reported to Secret Witness is confidential.