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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — New court documents obtained by Eyewitness News reveal what authorities found inside the vehicle belonging to 45-year-old Todd Chance, the man whose body was found by field workers in an orchard west of Bakersfield on Aug. 25.
According to the documents, search warrants were served by the Kern County Sheriff's Office at Chance's black 2011 Ford Mustang, initially found in front of a vacant trailer near Tigerflower Drive and Wheatland Street in southwest Bakersfield, miles away from where his body was found.
Investigators listed five items of evidence that were found in the vehicle, including a .38 revolver with two empty shell casings discovered under a floor mat, along with a pink towel and a white note under the driver's seat, as well as a purple note in the trunk and a car key, according to the documents.
In a request for the warrants, authorities said that Chance was found with two gunshot wounds to his chest, believing he had been dumped in the field sometime between 7:30 and 9:30 in the morning.
Authorities also said, at the time, they were searching for "any evidence of a murder or a possible carjacking that may have occurred inside the vehicle," according to the warrants.
Chance's wife, 46-year-old Leslie Jenea Chance, was arrested in the death of her husband but was released pending further investigation by the KCSO.
Jenea Chance's attorney, Kyle Humphrey, told Eyewitness News on Wednesday that the KCSO is still working on building a case against his client.