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Micah Holsonbake dead; DNA test confirms arm found in river his

Police now believe Micah Holsonbake, missing since March, was murdered. (Photo from Bakersfield Police Department)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Bakersfield Police Department announced that during the investigation of the disappearance of Micah Holsonbake, who was last seen March 23, it received information leading investigators to believe he is dead and that he was murdered.

A source also told Eyewitness News on Thursday that an independent DNA test done on an arm found in the Kern River over the summer confirmed that it belonged to Holsonbake.

Holsonbake, Baylee Despot, who went missing April 25, and James Kulstad, who was killed April 8, have become known as the "Bakersfield 3."

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office began investigating Despot’s case in April.

The two law enforcement agencies - the Police Department and Sheriff's Office - compared notes and found the murder of Holsonbake and the disappearance of Despot have multiple commonalities, including witnesses, locations and evidence.

The Police Department has taken over the investigation on both cases.

Another man with connections to Holsonbake and Despot, Kulstad, was shot and killed leaving a friend's home on April 8.

The mothers of victims - Cheryl Holsonbake, Jane Parrent and Dianne Byrne - have been vocal in their search for those responsible for the disappearance and death of their children. They held a candlelight vigil in October.

Anyone with information regarding any of the cases is asked to contact Detective Garrett at (661) 326-3504 or Kern Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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