Woman left for dead at makeshift shooting range east of Bakersfield


A makeshift shooting range is visible from Breckenridge Road. Hundreds of shotgun shells, targets and trash line the hill. An eerie scene where days earlier, a woman was left for dead. 

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Stephen Wells said, “A Hispanic female, early 30s had some kind of trauma to her face.”

An SUV surrounded by investigators Friday. A closer look of that hillside Monday reveals freshly wet dirt, beer cans and a rubber glove in place of the SUV. 

“It’s unknown if it’s a body dump or what happened here,” said Wells. 

The woman’s identity hasn’t been released and authorities haven’t said how she died. 
By our count, this is the twelfth homicide of the year — the second woman. We’ve been keeping track of the increase in homicides. Last year, Kern County set a record at 100. If we continued at this pace, we would reach 122 by the end of the year. 

If you have any information about the latest homicide, you’re encouraged to call the sheriff’s department at 861-3110. To remain anonymous, call secret witness at 322-4040.

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