UPDATE 7/7: According to the KCSO, two bodies have been recovered in the Kern River near the site where the two men went missing. Sheriff’s Office PIO Lori Meza says it’s highly likely the two bodies belong to Raymundo and Cabo but the coroner will determine their identities.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men after they were reportedly swept away in the Kern River on July 4th.
The full release can be seen below:
On July 4, 2022, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Deputies from the Kern Valley Substation responded to a search and rescue call in the area of Remington Hot Springs (35.576597, -118.552877) for a report of two missing swimmers possibly swept away by the river current. Deputies arrived at Hobo Camp Ground and spoke with the reporting party Laurio Favian. The reporting party advised that the two subjects were attempting to cross the Kern River with additional subjects when the two were swept away downstream by the river current. The two missing subjects are identified as 19-year-old Samuel Raymundo (H/M, 5”6, 150, Blk/Bro, DOB: 10-04-03) and 27 -year-old Diego Cabo (H/M, 5”5, 140 Blk/Bro, DOB: 04-15-1995).
Raymundo was last seen wearing a black shirt and black shorts. Cabo was last seen wearing a Black shorts and white shirt. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Air 5 air support helicopter was dispatched to the area and conducted a search of the subjects from the air. Kern Valley, Bakersfield and China Lake Search and Rescue teams conducted a ground search on both sides of the river and a water search of the area starting from Hobo Campground continuing downstream near the area of river right. The air unit and search and rescue teams were unsuccessful in locating either subject. The incident is documented under case number (2022-00078831). Both Raymundo and Cabo have been entered into the Missing Persons System.
Any information regarding either subject please contact Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Kern Valley Deputies at 661-861-3110.