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9/5/2013 9:04:00 AM
Body found west of Blythe identified as missing man
Leslie James Kennedy
Leslie James Kennedy
Special to the Times

The Riverside County Coroner identified the body found by Riverside County Sheriff deputies in the desert area west of Blythe on August 29 as Leslie James Kennedy, 36, from Chula Vista.

Kennedy had been reported missing to the Chula Vista Police Department by family members on August 26. Family members told the Chula Vista Police Department that Kennedy had last been seen in the Blythe area, where he had lived and worked for a short time. On August 17, Kennedy told family members he was returning home to Chula Vista; however he never made it home and he was not heard from again.

On August 27, Sheriff deputies from the Colorado River Station assisted the Chula Vista Police Department with the missing person investigation. Deputies learned the California Highway Patrol had towed the missing person's vehicle (a silver 2000 Ford Mustang) from Interstate 10 just outside of Blythe on August 17, where it had been abandoned. Deputies immediately began a search of the desert area surrounding where Kennedy's vehicle had been abandoned. The search met with negative results.

On August 28, deputies returned to the desert area where Kennedy's vehicle had been abandoned to conduct a further search for him. Deputies were again unable to locate Kennedy or any indications of his whereabouts.

On August 29, Sheriff investigators requested assistance from the Riverside County Sheriff's Aviation Unit in the search for Kennedy. An expanded aerial search of the desert area where Kennedy's vehicle had been abandoned was conducted and during the search, a body was found in a remote area in the desert hills north of where Kennedy's vehicle had been found.

Sheriff investigators hiked to where the body had been observed and found Kennedy. Officials from the Coroner's Office responded and the body of the decedent was recovered and taken to the Coroner's Office in Indio for further investigation and positive identification.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Colorado River Station investigators at 760-921-7900.

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