BODFISH, Calif. - Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to N. Salaine Drive in the Bodfish area to check the welfare of a resident that had not been heard from for several days.
Deputies arrived and spoke with a neighbor, who told them the subject had possibly “booby trapped” the residence with unknown devices.
Patrol deputies attempted to contact the subject by telephoning into the residence and calling out the subject with the public address system in their patrol vehicles. There was no response from inside the residence.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad Unit was requested and responded to the location at approximately 7:30 p.m.
The Bomb Squad deployed a robot to open the front door in an attempt to make contact with anyone inside, but no one was contacted. Due to darkness and the chance there were booby traps within the house and property, deputies maintained a secure perimeter of the property and waited until daylight to continue with a more thorough search of the residence.
On Saturday, Dec. 21, at about 10 a.m. Bomb Squad technicians, wearing protective equipment, began searching the residence and property and found one armed booby trap device, and a spent booby trap device.
Bomb Squad technicians also located a dead adult man, about 60 years old, inside the residence.
Over the next two days the Bomb Squad slowly searched the approximately 1600 square foot residence that contained large amounts of personal items, making it difficult to search, officials said.
The Bomb Squad found one additional armed device during their search.
During this investigation the Kern County Sheriff’s Office maintained security of the location and at no time was there any threat to public safety.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad is continuing its investigation.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office- Coroner is investigating the cause of death.