Possible human remains, fraud links


ATHERTON, Calif. — Police are investigating why someone buried a stolen car in the yard of a multimillion-dollar Northern California home linked to one of the world’s biggest insurance fraud schemes. San Joaquin County in the 1990s.

The Mercedes Benz convertible, filled with bags of unused concrete, was discovered by landscapers in the affluent Silicon Valley town of Atherton on Thursday, Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia said, citing a police statement.

Although cadaver dogs were alerted to possible human remains Thursday, none have been found more than 24 hours after San Mateo County Crime Lab technicians began searching the car, DeGolia said.

Police believe the car was buried 4-5ft deep in the 1990s – before the current owners bought the house – but Atherton Police Cmdr. Daniel Larsen would not say what led detectives to this conclusion.

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Atherton Police are continuing to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home on the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif. on Friday, October 21, 2022.

The unused bags of concrete were placed throughout the vehicle, although it was covered with dirt on the roof, Larsen said. The car was reported stolen in September 1992 in nearby Palo Alto, DeGolia said.

On Friday, technicians were able to search the passenger side of the convertible, which was buried with the roof down. Corpse dogs were again brought home and again “made a slight notification of possible human remains,” DeGolia said.


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