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California authorities make arrests in deaths of 6 bodies found in remote desert

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Southern California authorities have made arrests in connection with the discovery of six bodies in a remote area of ​​the Mojave Desert.

“An arrest has been made in connection with the January 23, 2024, serial murder in El Mirage,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Spokesperson Mara Rodriguez said in a statement.

Authorities will hold a new meeting at 5pm local time.

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San Bernardino Sheriff’s officers investigate the scene of the discovery of five bodies in a remote area north of Adelato in San Bernardino County on January 24, 2024. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The arrests came nearly a week after six bodies were discovered along a freeway in El Mirage, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles.

Five of the bodies were discovered Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a welfare check.

A sixth body was found at the scene the next day. The crime scene was treated as a homicide.

San Bernardino Sheriff investigates scene where five bodies were found in remote area of ​​San Bernardino County

San Bernardino Sheriff’s officers investigate the scene of the discovery of five bodies in a remote area north of Adelato in San Bernardino County on January 24, 2024. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Authorities have not said how the victims died, but footage taken by Fox 11 shows one vehicle, a Navy SUV, riddled with bullet holes.

“The cause of death, cause of death, gunshot wound, etc. have not been confirmed,” Rodriguez said at the time. “This is a very remote desert area.”

Crime scene where a body was found in the desert

Police cordoned off the crime scene and a line of white police vehicles could be seen parked outside the scene. (Fox 11)

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“Whatever the situation is, whatever they find out there in terms of the circumstances surrounding it, it’s going to be heartbreaking,” she added.

The identity of the deceased has not been released.

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