Bodfish man died of accidental gunshot wound

BODFISH, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) The Bodfish man found dead in his booby-trapped home last weekend died of an accidental shotgun wound to the torso, according to a coroner's report released Friday.

Paul Edward Morningstar, 66, was found Sunday in his Bodfish home, which had been rigged with multiple explosive devices.

Sheriff's officials say they attempted to check Morningstar on Friday, Dec. 20, when neighbors reported hearing a loud "boom."

A robot was unable to detect a body inside Morningstar's home that night, but did find explosive devices. A bomb squad entered the residence the next day to disarm any explovsives and located the 66-year-old.

Neighbors described Morningstar as an "old hippy," eccentric, quiet and friendly.