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Man wanted for two murders arrested

Posted at 9:29 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:29:38-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A man who was wanted by the Kern County Sheriff's Office for allegedly killing two men has been arrested.

According to KCSO, 29-year-old Edward Diaz was arrested on Thursday, May 2 around 6 p.m. in the 2000 block of Belle Terrace in South Bakersfield.

KCSO investigators linked 29-year-old Edward Diaz to two deceased men found in a vineyard outside of Arvin on June 13, 2018. The Coroner's office later identified the two victims as Samuel Atkinson and Vincent Valdez. Both Atkinson and Valdez were found with obvious trauma to their bodies, according to KCSO.

Investigators listed two individuals, Diaz and 45-year-old Louie Perez, as suspects. Perez is currently in custody for three additional murders in Kern County.