BODFISH — A county bomb squad Sunday finally cleared a booby trapped Bodfish home where a man was found dead along with at least two live bombs.
It began Friday night with a neighbor’s request to check on the man at 52 N. Salaine Drive who hadn’t been seen for several days.
It ended late Sunday afternoon after requiring not only the bomb squad but consultation from the FBI.
A sheriff’s spokesman said Sunday night there had been no public danger. He described the occupant as a white man in his 60s, but declined to provide more identification until the next of kin is contacted.
According to the spokesman, Victor Keesey, a senior deputy with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, deputies knocked on the two-bedroom, one-bath home’s door at 5 p.m. Friday, having been warned by a neighbor that the occupant may have booby trapped the property.
When they got no answer, deputies deployed robots to force entry into the 960-square-foot home. However, deputies left without making any contact with the occupant.
When they returned Saturday morning they found the occupant dead, along with a live bomb and one Keesey described as “expended.”
The man’s body was removed from the property at that time.
Deputies returned Sunday and found an additional live explosive device.
Keesey declined to provide details about the bombs, the occupant’s manner of death or where his body was found.
Although parts of North Salaine Drive were blocked during the operation, Keesey said there were no evacuations.
Deputies expect to return to the property Monday to complete their investigation.
— Californian staff writer Steve Levin contributed to this report.