The body of a Bakersfield teenager found in Polo Community Park on Saturday has been identified as Anthony Tyler Spence, 18, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in a news release.

Spence was a student at Vista West High School.

His time of death was listed at 6:33 a.m., although the date and time of the incident that led to his death are unknown, the report said.

In response to news of Spence's death, the Kern High School District released a statement.

“The KHSD community and Vista West High School are grieving the loss of Vista West student, Anthony Spence. We are devoting considerable efforts to helping our students and staff deal with this loss and we extend our sincere sympathies to the family. Grief counselors are on campus today and their services are available to all students and staff during this difficult time," the district said in its statement.

The Kern County Coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

The Bakersfield Police Department is investigating the case.

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How sad....this should not be happening...we are losing our youth to drugs...wake up before it is too late. We must stop this horrible plague on our children.

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