• June 24, 2024

Legendary Musician Found Dead On Side Of The Road Under Mysterious Circumstances…

An elderly California musician and his wife were found dead last weekend in the Mojave Desert.

Larry and Betty Petree of Bakersfield ran out of gas and became stranded on a dirt road east of California City, more than 60 miles from their hometown. They were found with their vehicle on Sunday afternoon, according to KGET-TV.

Larry’s body was in the car’s driver’s seat; his wife was found outside, leaning against a rear tire.

The couple had been married for more than 60 years.

KGET called the 88-year-old Petree “a beloved veteran musician of the Bakersfield Sound era.” He played the pedal steel guitar, known for its haunting wail characteristic of classic country Western music.

In addition to being a well-known musician, Petree was a 30-year veteran of the Kern County Fire Department.

Local news outlets said the community was shocked.

“Everyone who is a musician in Bakersfield knows who Larry Petree was,” said singer-songwriter Mario Carboni, according to the Bakersfield Californian. “Everyone loves him. He was an asset to any group he was in.”

 

Eugene Moles posted on Facebook, “I’m in shock. I’ve known him my whole life.”

 

Kim Hays, a family friend, told KGET, “He always had a smile on his face. He was just a sweetheart of a guy, and he was always there to help other people. I just can’t believe they’re gone and in such a bizarre fashion.”

 

It’s unclear where the couple was headed. Authorities said foul play was not suspected.

A cousin of Larry’s, Laurie Sanders, told the Bakersfield Californian he recently became disoriented and got lost on his way to a gig a few weeks ago.

That incident may have foreshadowed last weekend’s tragedy.
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