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Body of missing man found in orchard near McFarland

Body of missing man found in orchard near McFarland

McFARLAND, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The body of an 83-year-old man missing since last week was found Tuesday afternoon in an orchard just north of McFarland.

Bartolo Rodriguez, 83, was last seen Friday in the 300 block of 7th Street.

City police had been looking for the man, and they met earlier Tuesday with Kern County deputies at the family's home to look for a trail or indications of where he went. The sheriff's office said it was planning to bring in extra search crews, and they were using a dog to track Rodriguez by his scent.

Word of the body discovery came around 2 p.m. Rodriguez's body was found near Elmo Highway and Highway 99.

Police confirmed the identity just before 5 p.m.

Officers haven't commented on a cause of death or speculated when Rodriguez died.