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Ex-homeowner had historical past of arrests for homicide, fraud

Atherton police on Friday continued the painstaking excavation of a Nineteen Nineties Mercedes convertible Friday that seems to have been buried for greater than 30 years at a residence within the prosperous city of Atherton.

Canine skilled to search out lifeless our bodies gave “slight” indications that human stays could also be within the automotive, however officers mentioned Friday afternoon that none had but been positioned

Whereas the response might be attributed to human stays, the canines is also reacting to any mixture of blood, previous bones or human vomit, police mentioned.

Officers mentioned they consider the proprietor of the automobile is deceased, however wouldn’t affirm additional hyperlinks between the automotive’s proprietor and a earlier proprietor of the house, Johnny Bocktune Lew, who has a protracted historical past of alleged crime, with previous arrests for homicide and insurance coverage fraud, data present.

“We’ve got heard that identify come up,” mentioned Atherton Police Commander Dan Larsen, however added that police haven’t decided whether or not the investigation will turn out to be a legal probe.

The present homeowners of the property at 351 Stockbridge Ave. — which contains a mansion, a pool and a tennis court docket — had been unaware that the automobile was 4 to five toes underground. It was recovered within the yard by contractors engaged on a landscaping mission.

The present property homeowners couldn’t be reached for remark.

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