BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Authorities will try to identify a body found in a car pulled from a California river that investigators say may be related to a missing person.

Crews recovered the white Toyota Solara from the Kern River near Highway 178 in the San Joaquin Valley on Saturday.

The Bakersfield Californian says the body found inside was so badly decomposed it was impossible to immediately identify the gender.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says deputies last Thursday received a report that personal property possibly related to the missing person, Lisa Harvey, was found in Kern River Canyon. Deputies then found the submerged vehicle nearby.

The newspaper says investigators believe the car belonged to Harvey.

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