Bodily remains found in Rosamond linked to 2015 murder of man in Tehachapi


The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has linked human remains found buried in Rosamond to a homicide case from 2015 while conducting an investigation into a missing persons case from 2007. 

Sheriff’s deputies found the remains at an abandoned property in the 8700 block of Joshua Lane Monday, after receiving a tip that Michelle Chafin, who went missing 2007, may be buried there, KCSO said. 

Investigators did not find evidence the remains were Chafin’s, determining the bones belonged to Juan Carlos Perez, 34, who was found dead – and missing body parts – in the back of a truck in Tehachapi Feb. 9, 2015. 

William Patterson, 34, had led deputies on a chase and abandoned the truck in the area of Tehachapi Willos Springs Road and Oak Creek Road. Patterson was caught and later convicted on charges of reckless evasion of a peace officer and possession of a firearm, but was not charged in Perez’s death. 

Patterson is currently serving a 4-year sentence at Wasco State Prison, according to a Superior Court of Kern County online database

KCSO has not said if any further charges will be brought against Patterson in light of new evidence. 

Investigators are still searching for Chafin, who was last seen in Mojave on March 31, 2007, according to state Attorney General’s website.

KCSO asks anyone with information on Chafin’s location to call 661-861-3110. 

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