UPDATE: Man found dead in South Bakersfield died of overdose, not gunshot wound


UPDATE: Watson actually died from a drug overdose rather than a gunshot wound, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE: The Kern County Coroner has identified the victim as 24-year-old Zachariah Jade Watson of Bakersfield. A postmortem examination will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

Bakersfield police continue to investigate a death in South Bakersfield, but it no longer appears that the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Officers were sent out to the 1000 block of Terrace Way and found a man dead in a backyard Saturday, just before 5

An official at the scene originally said it appeared the man died from a gunshot wound, but they were still working to determine that.

In a news release later that night, BPD said that no longer appeared to be the case. Bakersfield police say investigators are now treating the death as suspicious.

The coroner’s office will eventually release more information about the victim.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact BPD at (661) 327-7111.

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