Musician and wife mysteriously found dead in desert leaving family ‘baffled’

The bodies of a veteran musician and his wife were found on a desert dirt road after they became mysteriously stranded in the Mojave Desert.

Larry, 88, and Betty Petree's remains were discovered on Sunday afternoon (August 21) just east of California City in the dusty desert, KGET reports.

Larry's body was found sitting upright in the driver’s seat while Betty was discovered leaning against a rear tire outside the car.

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Kern County Sheriff’s Office doesn't suspect criminal activity at this stage.

Kim Hays, a friend of the couple, said: "[Larry] 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 is thought that the pair's car ran out of fuel and became stranded in the hot, barren desert climate, leading to their eventual demise.

However, family members are still baffled by the couple's strange death.

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Larry's cousin, Laurie Sanders, remarked: "What were they doing out there? They don't travel that far away from home."

The Petrees had been married for more than 60 years and shared a life together in Kern County, California.

Larry, a long-time pedal steel guitar player, had recently performed with local band the Soda Crackers at a Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame benefit concert.

Zane Adamo, who plays the fiddle in the band, took to social media to express his sadness at the joint deaths.

"We had the honor of having Larry as our steel guitarist at our first ever show in Bakersfield," Adamo said on Facebook, "And had the even greater honor of playing with him for his last show a few weeks ago.

"We send our condolences to the Petree family and the greater Bakersfield Sound community."

The cause of the Petrees' deaths will be determined by Kern County Sheriff's Office "at a later date".

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