Coroner identifies 2 bodies found burned near Tejon Highway in Arvin

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The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified two men whose burned bodies were found in Arvin Wednesday.

The coroner identified 49-year-old Vincent Paul Valdez and 42-year-old Samuel Esziquel Atkinson as the two men whose burned bodies were found at the edge of the entrance to a vineyard Wednesday morning.

Officials were called at around 5 a.m. to a call of a brush fire near the 11700 block of Tejon Highway, but instead found the two bodies.

The coroner will conduct an examination next week to determine the exact cause of death for the two men.

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