UPDATE: Coroner identifies 16-year-old girl’s body found near orchard

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UPDATE (March 25): The Kern County Coroner’s Office identified the body of a teenage girl who was found dead earlier this month near an orchard northeast of Arvin.

The coroner’s office identified the body found near Towerline Road and Buena Vista Boulevard on March 6 as 16-year-old Marya Neufeld of Bakersfield.

Neufeld died from a gunshot wound to the head, the coroner said.

Marya Neufeld / Photo: Kern County Sheriff’s Office

KCSO is investigating her killing and investigators believe Neufeld was in the East Bakersfield and Arvin area the day before her death. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.


ARVIN, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide after the body of a woman was found near an orchard northeast of Arvin early this morning.

The department said at around 6:33 a.m., deputies were sent to the area of Towerline Road and Buena Vista Boulevard after receiving reports of a dead body. When they arrived, deputies found the body of a woman next to an orchard.

KCSO said the body showed signs of trauma and that homicide detectives took over the investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the department at 661-861-3110.

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