New information prompts Bakersfield police to take over investigations of Bakersfield 3
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
Yesterday evening, one of the mothers of the Bakersfield 3 confirmed to Eyewitness News that an independent lab had verified that an arm found last summer in the Kern River shared DNA with Micah Holsonbake.
"Investigators now believe that he is the victim of a murder and deceased,” Bakersfield Police Sgt. Brian Holcombe, said.
Now, in addition to Holsonbake's and Kulstad's cases, the Bakersfield Police Department has announced that they're also going to be taking over the case of the disappearance of Baylee Despot from the Kern County Sheriff's Office.
“There was some commonalities that, it just made sense to meet with the Sheriff's Department and everyone agreed that taking the Baylee Despot case to the Bakersfield Police Department really kind of consolidates those resources and puts a narrower focus on the investigation so there's better efficiency,” Holcombe said.
BPD said that some of those commonalities include things such as witnesses, locations and evidence.
But despite the shared attributes, police claim the three cases aren't necessarily all connected.
"At this point, the only thing that shares between these three cases that we can go forward and really confirm for you is that they are all being investigated by the Bakersfield Police Department,” said Holcombe.
And despite the continued uncertainties, BPD says that they'll continue working around the clock.
"I will say that they're full steam ahead and this, and this a case has got a very high priority and it's something that they're working on every single day," Holcombe said.
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.