Body of Missing McFarland City Manager John Wooner Pulled From River

This is not the conclusion anyone had hoped for.

According to ABC News, the Kern County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that a body pulled from the Kern River is that of missing McFarland City Manager John Wooner.

Wooner disappeared on May 14 after visiting a cemetery in Bakersfield. He was driving his city-issued SUV. Wooner’s body was found inside the submerged vehicle.

Authorities believe Wooner died at the scene but have not issued a cause of death. That determination is pending an autopsy.

The city issued the following statement:

“The City of McFarland offers its condolences to the Wooner Family. Mayor Manuel Cantu asks all citizens to offer their prayers in support of the family.”

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