Kern River Missing Man's Body Found

Juan Torrez of Bakersfield was 34 years old

Authorities say a body found in the dry bed of the Kern River has been identified as a man who was seen falling off a raft in the river in 2017.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office says scientific and dental examinations identified the man as 34-year-old Juan Torrez of Bakersfield.

Torrez was reported missing by family members on June 3, 2017. His remains were found in March.

There were multiple fatalities in California rivers in 2017 when they became swollen with runoff from heavy winter snows.

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