John Wooner, the City Manager for the City of McFarland, was last seen on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Hill Crest Cemetery in Bakersfield at around 5:30 p.m. Wooner is described as a white male adult, age 57, 6’0” tall, 300 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white dress shirt and khaki pants.
A passing motorist spotted Mr. Wooner’s vehicle in the Kern River on July 27th and reported it to the California Highway Patrol. Unfortunately, Mr. Wooner was found deceased inside the vehicle. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team recovered the body, bringing closure to a long period of difficult uncertainty for his friends and family.
Kern Secret Witness has paid a reward to the person who reported the location of the vehicle. We are grateful for this act of good citizenship and concern for others.