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Body found in silo near Shafter


A grisly discovery was made by a farm worker on Wednesday at Westside Farms. The business is located off of Zerker Road just south of Lerdo Highway. A body was discovered in a silo in which a worker was trying to withdraw gypsum. Fearing that an auger that pulls out the product was clogged, the worker investigating the source of the blockage found that that it was a human body.

The gender was not known at this time.

Shafter Police officers responded to a call describing something suspicious inside the silo at approximately 9:10 a.m.

The Kern County Coroners Office responded to the scene and started an investigation. Shafter Police Chief Kevin Zimmermann said, “Our investigative team came out after one of my officers conferred with the coroners office and confirmed that there was indeed a body inside of the piece of farm equipment.”

Zimmermann said that an auger is basically a 20-foot-tall, 10-feet-wide wide piece of equipment that comes to a point at the bottom and, in this case, distributes gypsum. Shafter police said they did not know if foul play was involved. The investigation is ongoing.


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