A Tehachapi man was found dead near his home Wednesday after being reported missing two weeks ago.
At about 10:51 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, the California Highway Patrol received a call regarding a single vehicle crash on Fondue Court.
Jesse Colman Eddings', 78, Ford Festiva had gone over the hillside near his driveway on Sept. 7, CHP Sgt. Jerry Nelson said. He was driving up his driveway when the car's rear tires lost traction and slid off the driveway's edge, the CHP reported. The vehicle then slid down the embankment into rocks and shrubbery, eventually landing on its roof.
Eddings, who was identified by the coroner on Friday, was listed as a missing person on Sept. 10 with the Kern County Sheriff's Office, CHP Officer Darlena Dotson said.
The date and time of Eddings' death is not known, according to a report from the Kern County Coroner.
According to CHP Officer Leonard Dehart, the man cut himself out of the car and began climbing up the hill. He then lost his footing and fell approximately 30 feet down the hill again.
Despite its close proximity to Eddings' house, the crash site was not visible from either Fondue Court or Alps Drive because of dense foliage and a steep incline. The crash wasn't visible until approaching the house.
The KCSO and Kern County Fire Department also responded to the incident.
Many people voiced concerns, condolences and prayers on social networks after hearing of Eddings' death.
Dehart said a full investigation into what happened is ongoing.