A vehicle was pulled from the Kern River on Saturday that is believed to have belonged to a missing woman.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with help from the California Highway Patrol and Department of Transportation, pulled out a white Toyota Solara from the river near Marker 23 on Highway 178. It is believed to have belonged to Ventura resident Lisa Harvey, who has been missing since coming to the area in April.
The Sheriff’s Office said a body was found in the vehicle, but due to advanced decomposition, it was impossible to immediately identify the gender of the body at the scene.
Law enforcement first learned of the vehicle’s whereabouts after deputies received a report on Nov. 30 that personal property possibly belonging to Harvey had been found in the Kern River Canyon. Deputies investigated the scene and located the submerged vehicle nearby.
Due to the nature of the terrain, the Sheriff’s Office said recovery of the vehicle or a search for a body was unsafe and impractical at the time the vehicle was found. It was determined heavy equipment and a substantial amount of manpower would be needed.