UPDATE: KCSO identifies body recovered from Kern River on Sunday

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UPDATE: The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man as 49-year-old Los Angeles resident German Paez Ruiz.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The sheriff’s office said search and rescue crews have recovered a man’s body Sunday from the Kern River near Cow Flat Road off Highway 178.

Officials said search and rescue crews found the body Sunday at around 9:30 a.m. during a search for a man reported missing in the area Saturday evening. It’s unclear, however, if the body found is the man reported missing Saturday or the body of another man who was reported missing in the same area last week.

On Saturday, a 50-year-old man was last seen swimming in the Kern River and disappeared below the water, KCSO said.

The coroner’s office will identify the body.

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