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HESPERIA: Body found in dirt field sparks homicide investigation

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — A homicide investigation is underway after a body was found in the undeveloped area of Ortega Street in Hesperia Tuesday, near Farmington Street and Danbury Avenue.

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On Tuesday, December 03, 2019, at 4:29 p.m., a 911 call was received reporting a male, age 26, found lying in the dirt unresponsive, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s website.

San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel declared the man deceased at 4:41 p.m., however his identity is being withheld pending death notification.

An email sent to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday inquiring about this incident has not been returned.

The investigation comes a day after another man, identified as James Curtis Hampton, 39, was shot and killed outside his home in the 16400 block of Smoke Tree Street, near First Avenue in Hesperia.

Detectives believe the suspects intended to rob Hampton of money and/or drugs.

Officials are still searching for two male suspects wanted in connection to Hampton’s murder, according to a previous VVNG article.

The suspects responsible for Hampton’s death are believed to have fled in a black truck and a gold-colored sedan. One was described as a light-skinned black male, 5’8″, and the second suspect was a dark-skinned Hispanic male, 5’8”-5’10”.

It’s unknown if the two incidents are connected, or if any suspects are being sought after in the December 3rd investigation.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detail is investigating the incident.

This article will be updated as new information is received. Please check back for new details.

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