Children of man found in canal share last encounter

Children of man found in canal share last encounter »Play Video
William Julien in a photo provided by his family

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- The adult children of a missing Bakersfield man whose body was found Friday in an Oildale canal spoke with Eyewitness News reporter Mike Dinow Saturday about their last contact with 53-year-old William Julien.

Although the coroner's office has not released the man's identity, Julien's children said late Friday it is definitely their father.

Julien's son, David, said he last heard from his father Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Julien was visiting with family and friends at a home in the area of Yosemite and Decatur Drives.

David got a call from his father, who he said sounded confused, "I asked him where he was and he couldn't give me a location. He told me he would keep calling me back." But there were no more calls.

David, his sister Jennifer and other relatives reported William missing to police, put up fliers in the neighborhood where they believe he disappeared and spent the week searching for him. The fliers indicated William Julien suffered from conditions that required medication.

On Friday, the family was called to identify a body found in a canal off Monache Street and Decatur Drive.  "I just think maybe he got disorientated (sic) and maybe he just fell in there, I don't know," said Jennifer Julien.

An autopsy is planned to determine the cause and manner of Julien's death. His children said they do not suspect foul play.


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