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Grim discover at Atherton mansion as soon as owned by man in large SJ fraud case

ATHERTON — Police are digging into why somebody buried a stolen automobile within the yard of a multimillion-dollar Northern California dwelling linked to one in every of San Joaquin County’s largest-ever insurance coverage fraud schemes within the Nineteen Nineties and left unused luggage of concrete inside.

The convertible Mercedes Benz, stuffed with luggage of unused concrete, was found Thursday by landscapers within the prosperous city of Atherton in Silicon Valley, Atherton Mayor Rick DeGolia stated, citing an announcement from police.

Though cadaver canines alerted to potential human stays on Thursday, none had been discovered greater than 24 hours after technicians with the San Mateo County Crime Lab started excavating the automobile, DeGolia stated.

Cadaver canines alerted to potential human stays, however none had been discovered greater than 12 hours after the automobile was recovered, in response to Atherton Police Cmdr. Daniel Larsen.

Police imagine the automobile was buried 4 to five ft deep within the Nineteen Nineties — earlier than the present house owners purchased the house — however Atherton Police Cmdr. Daniel Larsen wouldn’t say what led detectives to that conclusion.

Atherton police continue to investigate the discovery of a vehicle found buried in the yard of a home in the 300 block of Stockbridge Avenue in Atherton, Calif., Friday, Oct. 21, 2022.

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The unused luggage of concrete have been positioned all through the automobile, although it was blanketed by grime over the roof, Larsen stated. The automobile was reported stolen in September 1992 in close by Palo Alto, DeGolia stated.

By Friday, the technicians had been in a position to excavate the passenger aspect of the convertible, which was buried with its prime down. In addition they opened the trunk the place they discovered extra luggage of unused cement. Cadaver canines have been once more introduced again to the home and once more “made a slight notification of potential human stays,” DeGolia stated.

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