Arrest made in Edison Highway murder investigation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) An arrest was made Thursday in a murder case, and the Kern County coroner's office released the victim's name and cause of death.

Evelynn Chuca's partially burned body was found this week at a property off Edison Highway. The coroner's office said an autopsy showed the 31-year-old woman died of multiple stab wounds.

Detectives developed evidence over the last three days that 30-year-old Alejandro Leon was the murderer and arrested him Thursday, according to the sheriff's office.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and mayhem.

The sheriff's office didn't disclose a motive. The relationship between the victim and suspect is still being examined.

Chuca's body was found after the sheriff's office got a tip of a homicide. Sheriff's office spokesman Ray Pruitt said Monday that investigators found "items that we believe are possible partially burned human remains" in a fire pit at the Edison Highway property. The next day, Pruitt said they found a body.

The lot is fenced in and appears to house some residential travel-trailers and has a sign with an offer of roof tiles for sale.

The property has equipment, lumber and debris scattered throughout. There are also several people living in the trailers who were contacted by investigators.