Family of missing woman thinks body found Sunday is her's

WOFFORD HEIGHTS, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A woman's body was discovered over the weekend in Wofford Heights. An autopsy is scheduled to identify the remains, but the family of a missing woman from the area said they believe it's her.

The body was found Sunday evening. The father of 22-year-old Brandi Tanner said Monday that he believes the body belongs to his daughter, who's been missing since July 7.

"There's a lot, a lot of unanswered questions now that a body has been found," said the missing woman's father, Dan Tanner. "The body was pretty badly decomposed. But they think it's her."

The woman's body was found by a resident in the area who smelled a foul odor. The discovery happened on a hill near the 200 block of Choppo Road in Wofford Heights. The body is expected to be identified by Wednesday.

"If it is her, it's a blessing in a way, because the door closed. And I know if it is her, she's got lots of family that welcomed her on the other side. She's, she's OK. She's OK. She's a lot better than I am," said Tanner.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office has ruled this a suspicious death and said detectives are in an active investigation.

Tanner said he misses his daughter, and, as he waits for an official identification, he will remember the good times they spent together.

"I miss my sweet pea, and I always will. We had a very close bond. I'd walk down the street and hear her saying, 'Hi ya, dad!' And I'd say, 'Hi, sweet pea!' She'll always be with me. And I can't wait to join her," Tanner said.

Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the sheriff's office at (661) 861-3110.