Update: Body found near Buttonwillow was a missing person

Staff Writer
Taft Midway Driller
Taft Midway Driller

The Kern County Sheriff's Office said the man whose body was found in an orchard west of Buttonwillow early Tuesday suffered head trauma and had been reported missing.

His identity is being withheld until his family can be notified.

Deputies were sent to the area of Highway 58 and Corn Camp Road for report of a dead body just before 8 a.m.

After locating the victim, they called for homicide investigators to take over the case.

The Sheriff is asking anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (661)861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at (661)322-4040.