BODY IS THIRD DISCOVERED IN KERN COUNTY DESERT.
A man found dead Monday night in a remote area between Mojave and Rosamond may be the third person killed by desert heat in eastern Kern County in the past six weeks, sheriff's officials said.
The unidentified man, described as between 20 and 30 years old and wearing only shorts, was found near Reed Avenue and Lone Butte Road by a passing resident.
``He's been out there for a matter of days to possibly a week,'' said sheriff's Cmdr. Phil Crosby. ``He was found just out in the middle of nowhere.''
While an autopsy Tuesday confirmed that the body suffered no trauma, officials are waiting for toxicology results to determine an official cause of death.
Kern County sheriff's officials currently have listed the death as suspicious and believe the man might have died from the heat.
``He may have been peeling his clothes off as he went along,'' said Crosby.
Two other men have been found in the desert this summer.
Los Angeles resident Fabian Vallejo was found dead July 27 near the Antelope Valley Freeway and Backus Road. Officials said Vallejo had been seen drinking and walking in the area.
On Aug. 4, Kenneth Ziegler of Ridgecrest wandered away from his home. He was found dead a few hours later near Highway 395 at Highway 178.