Bakersfield Police: teen’s body found at Polo Park


Bakersfield police are investigating the death of a local teen, whose body was discovered at Polo Park in Northwest Bakersfield Saturday morning.

Anthony Spence, 18, was a senior at Vista West Continuation High School who formerly attended Frontier.

Bakersfield Police found him unresponsive at baseball dugout on the western side of Polo Park around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

The dugout has since become a memorial site for his friends, who have left candles in the area.

Since his passing, there have been several stories swirling on social media. However, BPD is still waiting for the coroner to determine the exact cause of death.

17 News spoke with a Frontier High sophomore who says she was Spence’s ex-girlfriend and remained close with him.

According to her account, Spence was with up to 20 people Friday night.

She tells us that he smoked marijuana earlier that evening and drank half a bottle of Captain Morgan Rum. Then, she said, he took a bar of Xanax laced with fentanyl–an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.

She said all the drugs came from a friend who was with him–and who eventually left him alone in the park after 4 a.m.

Locals we spoke to at Polo Park say they frequently see teens drinking and doing drugs at dugouts on the grounds.

“High school kids come here after school–I think this is their hangout spot. They just smoke weed, vape, they do all those things,” said Bakersfield resident Samantha Luna, who frequents Polo Park.

Locals hope this is a wakeup call to the community and to police to keep a closer eye on teens who hang out at parks.

“Something like this happens and there’s still nothing done,” Luna said.

The Kern High School district says grief counselors will be available for students and staff at Vista West.

If you have any information on this ongoing investigation, you’re urged to call BPD at 327-7111.

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