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By Jamie Stewart
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UPDATE: Body found in silo ID'd as Bakersfield man

Reasons still unknown


Last updated 6/28/2019 at 8:46am | View PDF

[[he body found in the silo was that of Allen Jeffrey Stracener, 26, of Bakersfield, the Kern County Sheriff's Department said in a press release on Wednesday, June 27.]

The Kern County Coroner’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in the identification of the adult male that was found in a silo in Shafter on June 5.

An autopsy was done and it was determined to be the body of an adult male but no obvious signs of trauma were indicated and no cause or manner of death has been determined yet. According to Captain Diana Burnett of the Shafter Police Department, “The Coroner’s Office is awaiting the results of the toxicology reports to help determine cause of death.”

The unidentified male was found wearing a dark colored “Volcom” brand t-shirt size large, red colored Adidas brand athletic shorts with black stripes size medium, white colored ankle socks, and a white metal chain necklace. The unidentified male is between the ages of 18-30, Caucasian or Hispanic, with a neatly groomed mustache and a goatee. His hair is brown, medium length, and wavy. He is 5’10½” tall and weighs 161 pounds.

Shafter Police Department officers responded to a call on June 5 from Westside Farms, off of Zerker Road, just south of Lerdo Highway. Workers from the company had been attempting to get gypsum from a silo located on the property and deemed it plugged. They found the source of the problem was a human body and called authorities. The autopsy was done but the male didn’t match any reports of missing persons reports filed and there were no obvious signs of trauma, so cause and manner of death are still pending.

If you can help identify John Doe or have any information on this case, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Section at 661-868-0119 or the investigating agency, Shafter Police Department at 661-746-8500, and request Detective Phil Yoshikawa.


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