Baylee Cheyanne Despot

Despot, circa 2018; Sleeve tattoo on Despot's arm; Closeup of sleeve tattoo; Tattoo on Despot's finger

  • Missing Since 04/25/2018
  • Missing From Bakersfield, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 06/03/1997 (22)
  • Age 20 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'7, 105 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A green shirt, black leggings, possibly black or white Adidas or Converse sneakers, and possibly leather anklets and oversized sunglasses. Possibly a backpack and a crossbody purse.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Despot has a mole on the right side of her nose by her eye, a mole on the back of her neck at the hairline, and a large scar on her left knee. She has the following tattoos: a peace sign and an alien head on her fingers, the phrase "For those I love I will sacrifice" on the right side of her torso, stars on the right side of her torso, a black rose on the inside of her left wrist, and a sleeve with lotus flowers, an eye, a red gem and a tribal band going down her right arm. Photos of some of Despot's tattoos are posted with this case summary. She may use the last name Parrent.

Details of Disappearance

Despot was last seen in Bakersfield, California on April 25, 2018. She was in the front yard of her boyfriend's residence at the time. She has never been heard from again.

Prior to her disappearance, her life had been troubled. After her divorce in the spring of 2017, she began hanging out with new friends and using drugs. She was arrested that summer for drunk and disorderly conduct, but the charge was dismissed.

In August 2017, she got a restraining order against her abusive boyfriend. Less than three weeks later, she was drugged and sexually assaulted at an apartment complex, and in December, she was arrested on felony weapons charges. She pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to three years' probation.

In later March 2018, one of Despot's acquaintances, Micah Holsonbake, disappeared from Bakersfield. On April 8, another Bakersfield resident, James Kulstad, was shot to death in his mother's car. Despot went missing two weeks after Kulstad's murder. In December 2018, one of Holsonbake's arms was found in a duffle bag in the Kern River. The rest of his body has never been located.

The two men knew each other and Kulstad had helped Holsonbake move just weeks before Holsonbake's disappearance, and both men were friends with Despot. Authorities haven't solved either of the murders and aren't sure if the men's cases are connected to Despot's. Due to her lifestyle, she is considered to be in danger. Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 15, 2019; two pictures added, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.