Coroner confirms man who was buried in backyard died from drug overdose

    Joseph Lara has been missing since Jan. 10, but his mother said his body was found in the backyard of a southwest Bakersfield home. (Photo from the Kern County Sheriff's Office)

    The Kern County Coroner's Office released the official cause of death for 21-year-old Joseph Isaac Lara on Wednesday.

    The coroner's office said his cause of death was cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine intoxication.

    Lara's body was found buried in the backyard of a home late last month.

    Police arrested 25-year-old Dennis Marroquin, 30-year-old David Williams and Kailee Morrison in connection with the case.

    Lara went missing around Jan. 10. His body was found Jan. 23 in the backyard of a home on Hathaway Avenue, near Taft Highway and Ashe Road.

    Marroquin told police that Lara died of a drug overdose, and he and others moved his body to the Hathaway house, burned it and buried it.

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