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Give me land lots of land: Roy Rogers' 67-acre ranch sells for $645K

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The Victorville Daily Press reports that the former ranch of the late King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers, has been sold to the highest bidder for $645,000.

The Double R Bar Ranch near Victorville -- a 67-acre ranch with a house, barn, stable, horse track, theater, fenced pastures and more -- was auctioned by the firm Williams & Williams Worldwide. The bidding started at $100,000. (A 2009 high-priced attempt at offloading the ranch failed to generate widespread interest.)

A couple from Orange County restored the Mojave Desert property after purchasing it decade ago for about $300,000. The new owner, who was "enchanted with the place," intends to give the ranch to her daughter and son-in-law to keep their Arabian horses.

Don't fence me in.


Authorities find body of a man dressed in women’s clothing in a Victorville ditch


Kevin Jason Cloyd, left, poses with a friend in an undated photo.

The body of a man dressed in women’s clothing was found in a ditch in Victorville on Tuesday, but investigators currently are not currently calling the case a murder investigation.

Kevin Jason Cloyd, 34, was found dead at about 8:30 Tuesday morning near Hesperia Road and Sunset Avenue, according to the San Bernardino Sun.

If authorities think Cloyd may have been murdered, they are not saying so publicly, stating only that they are investigating his death and awaiting autopsy results.

Cloyd’s Facebook page indicates that he was fond of tattoos, and at least one friend of his -- as seen on the Facebook page -- had his face covered with them. Although the image above doesn’t show it, when sheriff’s deputies found Cloyd’s body they reported that a diamond shape, along with a number, had been tattooed onto his face (the Victorville Daily Press has a picture of him with those markings here.)