UPDATE: Coroner identifies body found on Habecker Road in Lamont

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UPDATE (9/18): The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified a man whose body was found Wednesday in Lamont.

The coroner identified the man as 49-year-old Moises Perez Torrez of Lamont. His body was found in the 10300 block of Habecker Road near the East Side Canal at around 4:39 a.m.

A cause and manner of death was not released by the coroner.

On Friday, two people pleaded not guilty to charges in connection to Torrez’s killing. Octavio Gonzalez, 38, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and Michelle Valencia, 29, pleaded not guilty to being an accessory.

A third person, Ruben Aser Arayno, is also charged with first-degree murder but is not in custody, according to court records.


UPDATE (9/16): Sheriff’s officials said Octavio Gonzalez, 38, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Gonzalez is due in court Friday.


LAMONT, Calif. (KGET) (9/15) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death in Lamont.

The department said the body of a man was found in the 10300 block of Habecker Road near the East Side Canal at around 4:39 a.m.

Deputies say the mans body had signs of trauma.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661- 861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

This article will be updated once more information becomes available.

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