Physique elements in Kern County lake are from lacking O.C. lady

Stays that had been present in a Kern County lake this summer time, in addition to physique elements found there greater than two years in the past, have each been recognized as belonging to an Orange County lady who was reported lacking in 2017, authorities stated this week.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Workplace introduced Thursday that DNA testing had confirmed the id of 64-year-old Shirley Mae Cassel.

Her stays had been pulled from a car submerged in Buena Vista Lake, about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield, on July 12, in response to sheriff’s officers — virtually two years after her decrease leg and foot had been discovered within the space on July 28, 2018.

Lt. Joel Swanson stated Friday that Kern County authorities “don’t suspect foul play” and consider Cassel’s dying might have been an accident.

Cassel was reported lacking by her landlord Sept. 11, 2017, in response to the Santa Ana Police Division. She was final seen at her residence on Aug. 21 of that yr.

Santa Ana authorities stated on the time that it appeared Cassel had left in her car.

Swanson stated Kern County officers have closed their a part of the investigation. Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna stated that the optimistic identification closes his division’s lacking individual’s case as effectively.

“If there was some prison piece to this, it will be their case,” Bertagna stated, referring to Kern County, “and we’d help them.”

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