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One year since Micah Holsonbake's disappearance, beginning of 'Bakersfield 3' investigation

Posted at 11:41 AM, Mar 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-23 14:41:06-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Today marks one year since the beginning of what would become known as the 'Bakersfield 3' investigation- a movement looking for answers after three local young people either disappeared or were killed.

On March 23, 2018, Micah Holsonbake was reported missing. A week later, James Kulstad was shot and killed. On April 25, 2018, Baylee Despot was reported missing. Collectively these three would become known as the 'Bakersfield 3' as each of their cases remains unsolved.

When 23ABC spoke with Cheryl Holsonbake, Micah's mother, in December 2018, she said she didn't know "if time fixes anything."

I don't know if time fixes anything, there's just a lot of unknown rolling out ahead of us. Unless we have some kind of closure, I don't know how it will continue.

Anyone with new details is asked to call KCSO at (661) 861-3110 or the Secret Witness Hotline at (661) 322-4040.