Homicide detectives investigating the death of a man found with gunshot wound in almond orchard

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Officials from the Kern County Sheriff's Office said homicide detectives are out on a suspicious circumstance call at Enos Lane and Sullivan Road.

Officials said a body was found in an almond field just as employees were starting work in Rosedale.

Marco Viera found the body as he was watering the trees.

"He had gym shoes, shorts and a t-shirt," Viera said, "It looked like he was jogging."

"Deputies and a medical aide responded and found an obviously deceased adult male," said Sgt. Avery Simpson with the Kern County Sheriff's Office, "Detectives were called out and we're in the preliminary stages of the investigation."

Field workers told 23ABC the man did not look familiar and said he did not work with them.

Detectives did not say how the man died, but field workers who found the body noticed it was bruised on the side.

"I didn't get too close to the body, but I did notice he had an injury by his arm because it was bleeding," Viera said.

After several hours, investigators identified the victim as Todd Chance, 45, of Bakersfield, who suffered from a gunshot wound.  

Through the investigation detectives discovered the victim's black 2011 Ford Mustang was missing.  A short time later the Ford Mustang was found abandoned near the intersection of Tigerflower Drive and Wheatland Avenue in Bakersfield.  

Anyone with information can contact (661) 861-3110 or Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411) - just type the keyword "KCSO" prior to the message.

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