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Coroner: Woman found dead in garage was strangled

Coroner: Woman found dead in garage was strangled

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Kern County coroner's office said Wednesday how a woman died before her body was found in a burning garage.

Clara Basta was strangled, the coroner's office concluded.

Basta's body was found Sept. 7 inside a garage on the 4200 block of Kilkenny Court after firefighters put out a small blaze. Police later found her car abandoned on the 100 block of South King Street.

Patrick Terrel, the son of Basta's friend and roommate Victoria Terrel, was arrested last month on suspicion of murdering Basta. Police haven't commented on a motive.