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Coroner identifies body found in Bakersfield Sunday afternoon as 27-year-old

The Kern County coroner has identified the body found in East Bakersfield Sunday as 27-year-old Angel Melendez.
Posted: 10:45 PM, Dec 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 18:41:33-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE: The Kern County coroner has identified the body found in East Bakersfield on Sunday as 27-year-old Angel Melendez. According to officials, Melendez's body was found in the area of 12000 Breckenridge Road. KCSO said that Melendez's body was found with multiple gunshot wounds.

Officials said a postmortem examination on Melendez will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

Officials said on Monday that this is a death investigation. On Sunday, homicide detectives arrived and assumed the investigation, according to KCSO.

No arrests have been made.
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Kern County Sherrif's Office officials say a man's body was found in a field with obvious signs of trauma east of Bakersfield shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.

A passerby located the body near Pepper Drive and Breckenridge Road.

KCSO officials have not released any identifying information of the victim and have not confirmed whether any suspects are being sought at the moment.

Officials say they are investigating the death as a homicide.