A Los Angeles man who was stabbed more than 50 times and whose body was dumped near Rosamond may have been targeted in the belief that he was a sex offender, according to a search warrant.
The slaying of Roderick White may be connected to comments found on his Facebook page alleging that the 32-year-old was a child molester, Kern County sheriff's Detective Daniel Perez wrote in the warrant. In the years he's worked in law enforcement, the detective wrote, he is aware that convicted or accused sex offenders are sometimes assaulted or killed because of their criminal history.
Perez found a Facebook page that had selfies of White, and he noted comments made in March and April of last year alleging that White was a child molester and listing possible addresses for him in Los Angeles and New York, the warrant states.
"Social media platforms like Facebook have messaging applications which suspects will use to discuss, plan and execute crimes like assaults and murders," Perez wrote.
It's unclear whether White was ever convicted of sex crimes. No one with his name and age turned up in a search of both state and national websites listing sex offenders, and he has no criminal cases listed against him in Kern County.
Sheriff's officials said Tuesday there have been no arrests in the killing. It's believed White was killed outside Kern County, and investigators are compiling evidence to provide to other law enforcement working the case.
White's body, wrapped in a sheet and trash bags, was found Nov. 26 in a desert area at Dawn Road and Highway 14, according to court documents. The body was described as in an "advanced state of decomposition."
According to the documents, White had been stabbed more than 50 times on his face, chest and hands, among other areas.
Just last week a man in Anchorage, Alaska, pleaded guilty to assault and robbery charges in attacks against three registered sex offenders who he targeted after finding their names on the state's sex offender registry, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
Jason Vukovich, who told the paper he's a victim of child abuse, attacked the victims in summer 2016. He faces up to 25 years in prison.