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Kern County country music legend Larry Petree, wife Betty die

Posted at 6:04 PM, Aug 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-24 13:04:16-04

MOJAVE, Calif. (KERO) — A local music legend and his wife were found dead over the weekend in the Mojave desert.

Their bodies were found just after 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the area of Proctor Boulevard and 150th Street east of California City.

The sheriff's office has not officially released the identities of the two bodies or the cause of death but says there is no reason to believe any crimes were committed.

Officials with the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame confirmed to 23ABC thru the family that the deceased were Larry Petree and his wife Betty.

Larry Petree was known for his steel guitar work and played with some of the biggest names in the industry. He had just recently performed a show at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame on July 30th.