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Tuesday, Apr 03 2007 05:06 PM

Body found in Cal City remains unidentified

By The Bakersfield Californian

The coroner has not determined the identity of a body found in California City on Sunday evening by children playing.

But coroner’s officials are seeking the dental records of Jamesha Terry, who was reported missing on March 19, for comparison, according to a release from the Kern County Coroner’s office Tuesday afternoon.

The body of a young female of unknown race found just before 6 p.m. in the 21000 block of Neuralia Road, according to the release.

The coroner has completed an autopsy, but cause of death is pending toxicology and microscopic evaluation, according to the coroner’s office, which said the death is suspicious.

California City Police Lt. Steve Colerick said the death is being investigated as a homicide. The body was badly decomposed, but it appears to be a female under the age of 30.

The pants and shirt on the victim have unique designs which may be helpful in identifying the victim, the lieutenant said.

Terry has not been ruled out as a victim, "but we are hoping and praying that Jamesha is well and will return home."

If the death proves to be a homicide, it would be the fifth in California City since 2001 when Dr. Burdette Thorbus was shot to death in his home by the Tierra del Sol Golf Course, Colerick said.

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