Officials confirm death of local man being investigated as homicide

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Tuesday, May 5, 2020)— Kern County authorities have confirmed that Frazier Park resident Eric Futrell was found deceased yesterday in Bakersfield. The Kern County Coroner confirmed for The Mountain Enterprise that Eric Nikolas Futrell, 37, died in the 8100 block of Fuller Drive, Bakersfield. Coroner’s Office Administrator Dawn Ratliff said that Futrell’s next of kin have been informed.

Meanwhile, in what may be a related case according to authorities, Jonathan Villapando, 27, was booked into Kern County Central Receiving Facility at 10:58 p.m. May 4 on a charge of murder. Futrell and Villapando are reputed to have been friends for many years. See The Mountain Enterprise newspaper on Thursday for more details.

This is part of the May 1, 2020 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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