Five deaths in Bakersfield on Friday afternoon, four of them about a mile apart

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – Law enforcement is investigating after five bodies were found Friday afternoon. Four of them were about a mile apart. The first two were found around noon in Oildale in a house on the corner of El Tejon and Hurrle avenues.

“Bodies only fall left and right, that’s not right,” said Rodney Haris, a neighbor.

According to family members, the two were relatives.

“They blocked this, the one behind me blocked,” said Haris. “And I mean, there were at least a good 10, 15 detectives.”

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating what happened. But the neighbors say they didn’t hear any gunfire.

“There were no shots,” said Haris. “There was nothing like that.”

Hours later, at around 3 p.m., two more bodies were found in a house on Castaic Avenue across from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. A neighbor, Kadence Doverspike, says her fiancé was outside and built a fence around the time.

“He was in the back yard and he heard a lady scream,” said Doverspike. “So he came into the front yard and saw a blonde walking up and down in front of her house yelling for help.”

Those bodies were about a mile and a half from the first two, but KCSO says the deaths are unrelated. Neighbors speculate it was a murder-suicide, but we have not yet received confirmation from KCSO.

“They said there was a man who killed himself and someone else,” said Doverspike.

There was a fifth death around 7 p.m. in Bakersfield near Walmart on East Brundage Lane. Bakersfield police arrived to find a woman with obvious signs of trauma who later died. Anyone with information on these five suspicious deaths should call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110. Or call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111.

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