A longtime California musician and his wife were found dead on a dirt road in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

According to KGET, the bodies of Larry and Betty Petrie were found Sunday afternoon east of the California city. Larry Petrie’s body was in the driver’s seat while Betty was found outside the couple’s car, leaning against the back tire.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, which did not immediately identify the Petties, does not suspect criminal activity in the couple’s deaths.

According to the outlet, the Petries, who were married for more than 60 years, are believed to have run out of gas and are stranded.

The bodies of Larry and Betty Petrie were found Sunday in the Mojave Desert.
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Larry Petrie played pedal steel guitar.
Larry Petrie was a veteran of the Bakersfield Sound era.
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Larry Petrie and the Soda Crackers before their performance.
Larry Petrie had recently performed with a local band, the Soda Crackers.
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Larry Petrie, 88, recently performed with his band the Soda Crackers at the Bakersfield Music Hall of Fame benefit concert on July 30. He was a beloved musician from the Bakersfield Sound era of the 1950s and played pedal steel guitar.

Kim Hayes, a friend of the couple, spoke with KGET about her shock over Patrice’s tragic death.

“He always had a smile on his face,” Hayes told the outlet. “He was just a darling of a man and he was always there to help other people. I can’t believe it’s gone and in such a strange way.”

Soda Crackers fiddler Zane Adamo mourned the loss of Larry Petrie on social media.

“We were honored to have Larry as our steel guitarist at our first show in Bakersfield,” Adamo said on Facebook.

“And the even greater honor of playing with him for his last show a few weeks ago. We extend our condolences to the Petrie family and the greater Bakersfield Sound community.”

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said it would release the cause of Petrice’s death “at a later date.”

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