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KCSO: Identity of woman allegedly murdered by her son in Tehachapi released

Posted at 8:23 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 12:22:44-04

UPDATE (November 03, 2017 9:22 a.m.): The identity of the woman that was allegedly killed by her son in Tehachapi has been released. 

Barbara Jensen Teague, 75, was found dead in her home, and after a postmortem exam it was determined that the cause of death was multiple stab wounds and incised wounds. 

According to the coroner's release, the incident happened on October 23, 2017. Teague was found in the 1900 Block Luana Drive, Tehachapi. 


UPDATE (October 27, 2017 12:14: a.m.): According to officials at Mohave County Jail, Matthew Jensen has not been booked into jail yet, as he is currently in the hospital.

Officials at Mohave County Jail also added that if Jensen is released from the hospital and booked into jail today then he will most likely appear in court Monday afternoon. 


UPDATE (October 27, 2017 11:15 a.m.): According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, Matthew Jensen, 50, lived with his mother in Tehachapi, who he is accused of murdering. 

After allegedly murdering his mother, Jensen drove himself to Arizona at which time he was detained on the I-40 as part of a possible traffic stop. 

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said Jensen told the officers that stopped him on the I-40 that he had killed his mother. 

Jensen is currently in custody in Kingman, Arizona. The Kern County Sheriff's Office said they had no idea as to when he would be extradited. 


A man is accused of murdering his mother in Tehachapi.

Deputies responded to the 19900 block of Luana Drive in Tehachapi around 1 a.m. on October 24th to check on the 75-year-old at her home.  It had been reported by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office in Arizona that Matthew Jensen, 50, had killed his mother.

Deputies found the woman dead inside the home suffering from several stab wounds.  

It was determined that Jensen had killed his mother, the Kern County Sheriff's Office said. 

Jensen's motive for killing his mother is unknown, deputies said.  An arrest warrant was issued in California for Jensen and he was taken into custody in Arizona.

Jensen was taken to a hospital to get medical care and will be booked into an Arizona jail.

The mother's name will be released by the Kern County Coroner's Office.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 661-861-3110.