Automobile discovered buried in Atherton yard contained no human stays: police


ATHERTON, Calif. (KRON) — The Atherton Police Division introduced it has concluded its on-scene investigation within the yard of a mansion the place a Mercedes Benz sportscar was discovered buried final week. The buried automobile was found throughout a landscaping challenge and in the course of the preliminary investigation, cadaver canine have been known as in.

The cadaver canine made what Atherton PD described as a “slight notification of attainable human stays” on three separate events. Nonetheless, following removing of the automobile from the yard over the weekend, additional excavation on the web site didn’t reveal the presence of any human stays.

Investigators deployed ground-penetrating radar to look at the scene on Sunday, Oct. 23, based on an Atherton PD press launch. Nothing uncommon or suspicious was discovered on the scene, nor have been any human stays positioned. “This concluded our on-scene investigation,” mentioned Atherton PD.

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Investigators decided that the automobile was doubtless buried on the property someday within the Nineteen Nineties, about 4-5 ft down within the floor. In the course of the excavation of the automobile, unused luggage of concrete have been discovered inside. The automobile was reported stolen to the Palo Alto Police Division in September of 1992, based on Atherton PD.

Police say the automobile was buried earlier than the present house owner occupied the house. Nonetheless, the mansion’s earlier proprietor, John Bocktune Lew, had a historical past of legal exercise, together with a homicide conviction (that was later overturned by the California Supreme Courtroom) and an insurance coverage fraud arrest stemming from an unsuccessful effort to sink a yacht he owned close to the Golden Gate Bridge and gather a $1.2 million declare.

KRON4 has visually confirmed that the automobile discovered within the Atherton yard has a personalised license plate that features the home’s unique proprietor’s identify, “Lew.”

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