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Sunday, Dec 16 2012 04:46 PM

Apparent murder-suicide in California City

By The Bakersfield Californian

A California City man apparently killed his wife early Saturday morning before killing himself, California City police said Sunday. The man has been identified as 76-year-old Bart Vanderlip and the woman as 51-year-old Sherri Nelson, both of California City, according to Corporal. Ben Blanton of the police department.

Police officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday in the 6000 block of Quezon Avenue from a man who said he had just killed his wife. When the officers arrived, they saw Vanderlip standing outside the house and armed with a rifle. Vanderlip turned the rifle on himself and fired one shot, killing himself. The officers found Nelson inside the house with multiple gunshot wounds. Nelson and Vanderlip were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Autopsies are planned for later this week, Blanton said.

- The Bakersfield Californian

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