Bakersfield police identified one of five people found dead Friday afternoon. The neighbors describe what they saw
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – There are more questions than answers after a string of suspicious deaths in the Bakersfield area. Five bodies that were found within a few hours just a few kilometers apart. Four in Oildale, one in East Bakersfield and still no word from the authorities about what happened.
“Two of my children are here in Oildale and I don’t like it, I hate it,” said Kym Nelson, the mother of a neighbor. “I worry about her all the time. And it makes me sad because I grew up here. “
The first two bodies were found together around noon in a house on the corner of El Tejon and Hurrle Avenues. Donna Clopton is a close friend of the two deceased and the founder of the Oildale Community Action Team. She says the bodies came from a mother and her son. Someone found the bodies in their home days after they died.
“We stopped and I could barely get into the driveway because there were cars everywhere,” said Nelson. Â € œThey had it taped up here on the corner, there was a pair down on the next block. Then I saw the really well-dressed men in the front yard and knew that something bad had happened back then. “
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating what happened. Neighbors say they didn’t hear any gunshots.
“There were no shots, there was nothing like that,” said Rodney Haris, a neighbor on El Tejon.
At around 3 p.m., two more bodies were found in a house on Castaic Avenue, one block from the sheriff’s headquarters on Norris Road. A neighbor says her fiancé was outside at the time.
“He was in the back yard and he heard a lady screaming, so he came into the front yard and he saw a blonde walking up and down in front of her house yelling for help,” said Kadence Doverspike, a neighbor on Castaic Avenue. “You said there was a man who killed himself and someone else.”
There was a fifth death around 7 p.m. in Bakersfield near Walmart on East Brundage Lane
Bakersfield police arrived to find Karla Villegas, 40, who was suffering from trauma. She died on the scene. Staff at a nearby gas station said they recognized the woman and believed she was homeless.
Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 861-3110. Or call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.