Bakersfield police dedicated resources Thursday to a large, very visible search that lasted more than 12 hours. Officers said the search was unsuccessful. Still, the department hasn’t said what it was looking for, or why the coroner’s office was there.
It began when the sun came up, and lasted into the evening hours. A massive excavation off Highway 99 and Houghton Road — out of city jurisdiction, without an explanation. Police have only said they were following up on a lead in a criminal investigation.
Police officials confirmed the coroner was on scene, giving some insight into the search. A spokesman for the coroner’s office said the coroner is called when there’s something suspicious or investigators believe they will find remains. In other words, investigators can request a coroner before they find anything. Experts said, the size of the operation and resources dedicated to the search, imply the information police received seemed to be very credible.
While it appears police were searching for remains, the department hasn’t released any information on what case they were looking into.