BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A family who went to check on another family member at a house in the 600 block of south Real Road made a gruesome find. The front gate allowing access to the home was locked, so a 12-year-old jumped the fence and knocked on his grandfather's front door.
No answer, so the grandson then looked in through a window and saw his grandfather lying on the living room floor surrounded by what appeared to be paint.
That's when his mother, Barbie George, broke a window and went inside the home of her father, Earl Wisemen.
"I found my step-dad lying in a puddle of blood that looked like it was coming out of his head. (He) was black and blue and swollen and just smelled real foul," said a tearful George.
She said she noticed scratches and bruises on her father and that the house appeared to ransacked. But she didn't check anything and almost immediately left the house and told others not to go inside.
"I told everybody to stay out, because it looked like a homicide scene," said George.
Sheriff's investigators aren't sure how long Wisemen had been dead. "He appears to be in there for sometime, at least a day or so," said sheriff's commander Steve Hanson.
Hanson said the body was "greatly decomposed."
The 49-year-old lived alone, according to George. She last saw him on July 3.
"We talked about what he was going to do the Fourth, and he said he was going to his brother's, and that's the last time anyone heard or talked to him," said the daughter.
"He was a good man, he would give the shirt off his back if he had to," said George.
Eyewitness News reporter Kyndell Nunley followed up with the family Saturday.